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All Eyes photo gallery: Christians around the world mark solemn Good Friday



Around the world, hundreds of thousands of Catholics and Protestants are commemorating Good Friday, the day they believe Jesus Christ was crucified.

In Jerusalem's Old City, the faithful walked along the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, the route believed to have been walked by Jesus to his crucifixion.

In the Philippines, despite being asked not to by the church, dozens imitate the suffering of Christ by having real nails hammered into their palms and feet.

Good Friday is part of the Easter Triduum, which begins with the celebration of the Last Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with Easter. This is how Pope Francis described in remarks earllier this week:

On "Holy Thursday, Jesus gives himself to us as food and, in the washing of feet, teaches us the need to serve others.  On Good Friday, in the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, we contemplate that undying divine love which embraces all mankind and summons us in turn to love one another in the power of the Spirit.  Holy Saturday, the day of God’s silence, invites us not only to solidarity with all who are abandoned and alone, but also to trust in that faithful love which turns death into life.  These, then, are days which speak to us powerfully of God’s love and mercy."

On Friday, the pope presided over a Way of the Cross procession that ended outside Rome's Colosseum. 


[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:28am]


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