Pope Benedict XVI, at center under white umbrella, on his way with other prelates to celebrate mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008. The pontiff rejoiced over conversions to Christianity a day after he baptized a prominent Muslim, marking Easter Sunday in a rain-drenched appearance he used to renew calls for peace in Iraq, the Holy Land and Tibet. On Easter, Christians celebrate their belief in the resurrection of Jesus two days after he was crucified. Thanks to the apostles' preaching about the resurrection, 'thousands and thousands of persons converted to Christianity,' Benedict said. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)AP – Pope Benedict XVI rejoiced over conversions to Christianity in an Easter Sunday Mass on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica a day after he baptized a prominent Muslim newspaper editor.


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