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Protesters disrupt Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, forcibly removed after ‘free Palestine’ chants 

Protesters calling for a cease-fire in Gaza interrupted a Saturday night Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, chanting “Free, free Palestine” before being removed from the service.

Thousands of pro-Palestine demonstrators gathered in Times Square earlier Saturday before some headed to the Easter Vigil service at St. Patrick’s, where their chants of “Free, free Palestine” could be heard during the second reading of the service.

At least some of the protesters were with Extinction Rebellion NYC’s Palestinian Solidarity group and carried a flag with an olive tree and the words “SILENCE = DEATH” written across it.

The protesters were quickly taken out of the service moments later, Fox News Digital Reported.

While being escorted out, one yelled “Free Palestine,” a video shared to X shows.

Many attending the mass, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, did not react to the disruption.

Millions gathered around the world on Saturday to protest the Israel-Hamas war.

In a statement before the start of the Holy Week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a call for prayer and peace in the Middle East and to end the war.

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“As the Church enters Holy Week and Christ’s suffering on the cross and his resurrection are made present to us so vividly, we are connected to the very source of hope,” the statement read.

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Since the start of the war, the conference has decried the deaths of civilians and made calls for peace and the release of hostages captured by Hamas.

“Thousands of innocent people have died in this conflict, and thousands more have been displaced and face tremendous suffering,” the statement continued.

“This must stop.”

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