VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI is marking the holiest night of the year for Christians with an Easter vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica during which he will baptize six people.
Benedict began Saturday night's ceremony by lighting a candle that symbolizes the resurrection of Christ, which the faithful mark on Easter Sunday.
After he walked down a darkened central aisle of St. Peter's in silence, the hundreds of faithful in the pews shared the flame from candle to candle until the basilica twinkled and the lights came on.
This year, students of the Legion of Christ, the conservative order undergoing a major Vatican-mandated overhaul, provided the liturgical service. The Vatican took over the Legion last May 1 after confirming its founder was a pedophile.