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ICC Note: On Easter Sunday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Easter greetings to the public. During his message, he cited the teachings of Jesus in a pledge to, “create a world that is just, compassionate and joyful.” Throughout India, churches held Good Friday and Easter celebrations with greater security measures in light of recent attacks.

04/06/2015 India (UCAN India) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday extended Easter greetings to the people, citing the teachings of Jesus Christ to pitch for creation of a world that is just and compassionate.

“Easter greetings to everyone. May this day further the spirit of harmony and brotherhood in society,” he tweeted.

“The teachings of Jesus Christ inspire entire humanity. Let us pledge ourselves to create a world that is just, compassionate and joyful,” he said.

Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion to redeem the world, was celebrated all over the Christian-dominated north eastern state of Mizoram with religious solemnity and gaiety by different church denominations.

Band parties of the different corps (local churches) of the Salvation Army ushered in the day this morning by playing ‘He’s Arisen’ and delivering sermons in almost all the street corners since early hours while youth members of the Presbyterian Church organised sunrise service in their respective local churches.

Churches like the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church and the United Pentecostal Church also held praise and worship programme throughout the day and many local churches organised community feasts to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

Christians in Kerala too joined the celebrations of Easter. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and leaders of various political parties greeted Keralites on the occasion.

Christians constitute about 23 per cent of Kerala’s population and are mainly concentrated in the central districts of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Thrissur.

Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma wished that the resurrection day filled the people with the spirit of love, renewed hope and abundant blessings.

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