Some 10,000 pilgrims attend Easter's holy fire ritual at J'lem shrine

Thousands of worshippers crowded Christianity's holiest shrine in Jerusalem on Saturday to celebrate Easter Week's holy fire ritual. Hundreds of police were deployed in and around the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City to control an estimated 10,000 pilgrims. Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried where the church now stands. On the day before Easter, Eastern rite churches mark the holy fire ritual. It's in honor of the belief that a holy fire appears spontaneously from Jesus' tomb as a message that he has not forgotten his followers.