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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Billions celebrate Easter Sunday and around 250,000 showed up to hear Pope Francis I's first delivery of mass for the religious holiday.
Many at Catholic churches such as St. Louis Bertrand in Old Louisville geared up for masses beginning at 7 AM. Only a few churches in the area opened their doors that early.
During the traditional services, Catholics say "Peace be with you." That is what the newest Pope called for in his first Easter Sunday mass delivery on Sunday.
Pope Francis I asked for reconciliation in the Korean peninsula as well as peace and resolution of conflict in Syria among Israelis and Palestinians.
Pope Francis leads all Easter Masses at the Vatican. His first delivery was the "Urbi et Orbi" speech, Latin for "To the city and the world." Traditionally, the pope also performs Easter greetings in dozens of languages.
Pope Francis I reached out to people of other faiths, Muslims and women during holy week. He baptized four men as part of a ritual on Saturday night.
After the busy Easter week, traditionally the pope would go to Castel Gandalfo for the papal retreat, and vacation, but Benedict will not be able to do that.
Former Pope Benedict XVI is currently living there in retirement. Catholic officials say Francis will stay put in the Vatican. Many around the city and around the world of all faiths are expected to observe the holiday.