Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.

Hours after celebrating a late-night vigil, Francis processed into a flower-decked St. Peter’s Square for the liturgy Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.

This year the Easter season has been marred both by the destruction of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral by fire last week and the massacre on Sunday in Sri Lanka. More than 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded following near-simultaneous blasts at three Sri Lankan churches during Easter Sunday services and three hotels frequented by foreigners.

Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

After Mass, Francis delivers his annual Easter “Urbi et Orbi” speech about conflicts and other difficulties around the world.

Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis holds his pastoral staff as he celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis celebrates a Easter vigil mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis holds a candle as he presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis presides over a solemn Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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