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Pope presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service

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  • Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil service Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

      Pope Francis leads the Easter vigil service Saturday in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.
    Associated Press

  • Pope Francis blesses a man Saturday as he leads the Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica.

      Pope Francis blesses a man Saturday as he leads the Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

A trimmed-back vigil -- and one that started earlier than usual -- was just one of the novelties of this holy week under an argentine jesuit pope who just two weeks ago stunned the world by emerging from the loggia of st. peter's basilica after his election with a simple "brothers and sisters, good evening."

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