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Holy Saturday festivities around the world

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Pope Benedict XVI baptizes Daniela Venner from Germany at an Easter vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday.

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People in historical dress take part in the 'El Judas' festival in the village of Villadiego, northern Spain, on Saturday.

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Villagers take part in the burning of 'El Judas' in the village of Villadiego, in northern Spain, on Saturday. 'El Judas' symbolizes the negative omens associated with the village, and its burning means the villagers get a clean slate for the year ahead.

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A boy shields his face from the sun during an orthodox Palm Sunday pilgrimage in Bucharest on Saturday afternoon.

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Easter bonfires, like this one in Elbingeroder, Germany, are an annual German tradition.

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Pope Benedict XVI holds a tall, lit candle as he enters the darkened St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Saturday.

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Christians visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during Easter weekend celebrations in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday.

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Children wait with their baskets for food samples at the St. Kostka church in Warsaw on Saturday. Poles bring baskets that traditionally contain an egg, bread, salt, pepper, sausage, horseradish and butter to churches to be blessed on Holy Saturday.

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