Christians celebrate Easter around Southern New England

Like most Easter Sundays, the pews at Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston were packed, the songs were joyful and the flowers vibrant.

Holiday masses like Christmas and Easter are always well attended and with a new pope, church leaders say this is an opportunity to bring more people back to the faith.

"You always hope that there will be a few that think, 'Gee this is really nice, I'm going to come back next week,'" the Rev. Ronald Brassard said Sunday.

For Roman Catholics, Easter is the day they believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Many are hoping for a rebirth in present day of the church itself.

"The catholic church needs to go a different route and show us something we haven't seen before," churchgoer Will Duran said.

"A new leader in politics or religion becomes a symbol of hope and change based on what they say and by what they do," Brassard said.

As kids collect Easter eggs and take pictures with bunnies, the faithful try to remember what the day is really all about.

"Easter is about celebrating the Lord's rising and it's also about celebrating and being with family," churchgoer Jeanne Blanchette said.

Blanchette, like many catholics, is pleased with the new pope, she says she hopes his leadership will bring the Catholic Church back to where it used to be.