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Pope Francis to baptize eight people at the Easter Vigil


On Saturday evening, at 8:30 p.m., local time, St. Peter's Basilica will become the scene of one of the most important liturgical celebrations during Holy Week. 

It will begin in total darkness to symbolize the death of Jesus. The paschal candle will then be lit and travel up the central aisle. Its light will pass from candle to candle until the basilica is completely illuminated as a sign of the announcement of the resurrection.

Along with Christmas, this is the most important celebration of the year for the Catholic Church. It is liturgy that gives meaning to the faith.

During the ceremony, adults are traditionally baptized into the faith. Pope Francis will baptize eight people from various nationalities. 

He will also administer the sacrament of confirmation and give them their first communion.