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March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP)

March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter’s Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.

Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy.

Faithful had already filled the square hours before the Mass began in mid-morning, and throughout the service streams of people kept flocking there for his speech and blessing, traditionally delivered after the Mass from the central balcony of the basilica.

By mid-ceremony, some 250,000 people had turned out, the Vatican said. (more…)

Flash flooding is likely for parts of Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in the next 24 hours as a dense, wet weather system moves seaward from the inner South East prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for people in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redland City, North Stradbroke Island, the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim and Somerset Council areas as severe thunderstorms are┬álikely to produce heavy rainfall. (more…)