Holy Week

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Good Friday: Jerusalem

Holy Week is the last seven days of the 40 days of Lent, beginning with Palm Sunday and ending on Holy Saturday. A look at Holy Week around the world. See gallery

Christian worshippers carry a cross toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City, March 29. Less than 2 percent of the population of Israel and the Palestinian territories is Christian, mostly split between Catholicism and Orthodox streams of Christianity. Christians in the West Bank wanting to attend services in Jerusalem must obtain permission from Israeli authorities. Israel's Tourism Ministry said it expected some 150,000 visitors in Israel during Easter week and the Jewish festival of Passover, which coincide this year.

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Good Friday: Islamabad, Pakistan

An elderly Pakistani Christian man prays during a Mass on Good Friday in a church in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 29.

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Good Friday: Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed, England

Pilgrims walk with crosses during the Northern Cross pilgrimage to Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed, England, March 29. For more than 30 years, groups of pilgrims celebrate Easter by walking about 100 miles through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders during Holy Week.

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Maundy Thursday: Ayacucho, Peru

A man holds a banner that reads in Spanish, "Let's be realistic, demand the impossible," in Ayacucho, Peru, March 28. Catholics around the world commemorate Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday before celebrating his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Maundy Thursday: Mandaluyong, Philippines

A man portraying Jesus Christ grimaces as he carries a cross during a reenactment of Christ's suffering and death as part of Maundy Thursday rituals east of Manila, Philippines. The ritual is frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. 

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Maundy Thursday: Zamora, Spain

Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain, March 28. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

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Maundy Thursday: Sardoal, Portugal

Worshippers leave the Santa Maria da Caridade convent while taking part in the "Fogareus," or Flames procession during Holy Week in Sardoal, Portugal, March 28. Local residents said the procession has been happening for more than 200 years.

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Spy Wednesday: Zamora, Spain

Penitents of Santisimo Cristo de las Injurias brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain.

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Spy Wednesday: Jersey City, NJ

A full moon rises behind a cross on top of Saint Nicholas Catholic Church in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J., March 27. Catholics are observing Holy Week, which is the final week of the Lent period before Easter.

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Holy Tuesday: Zamora, Spain

Penitents from Cristo de la Buena Muerte, or Good Dead Christ brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, in the early hours of March 26.

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Holy Tuesday: Montevideo, Uruguay

A gaucho rides a horse during a rodeo competition in Montevideo, Uruguay, March 26. Every Holy Week, the city of Montevideo organizes a rodeo to reward the best horse rider.

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Holy Tuesday: Guatemala City

Parishioners parade the Jesús Nazareno de la Merced statue through downtown Guatemala City, in the annual Holy Tuesday procession known as "La Reseña,"  March 26.  La Reseña, or Review, is one of the country's earliest Catholic processions, first recorded in 1721.

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Holy Monday: Marinduque, Philippines

Penitents, locally known as "morions," wear masks and Roman centurion costumes as they take part in a procession commemorating the passion of Christ during Holy Week at Mogpog town in Marinduque, central Philippines. 

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Holy Monday: Seville, Spain

A girl watches the procession of the San Gonzalo brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain, March 25. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

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Holy Monday: Seville, Spain

Penitents from the Santa Genoveva brotherhood hold their crosses as they take part in a procession in Seville, Spain.

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Palm Sunday: Hyderabad, India

Young Indian Christian devotees hold palm fronds during a Palm Sunday procession in Hyderabad, India, March 24. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.

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Palm Sunday: Lagos, Nigeria

A woman holds palm fronds in the shape of a cross during a Christian Palm Sunday procession in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Palm Sunday: Bogota, Colombia

A man holds up a baby during Palm Sunday Mass at the Baby Jesus Church in Bogota, Colombia, March 24. According to the New Testament, Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem, greeted by cheering crowds bearing palm fronds.

 
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Palm Sunday: Sunday Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis kisses a child as he leaves after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, March 24. Pope Francis encouraged people to be humble and young at heart, as tens of thousands joyfully waved olive branches and palm fronds. The square overflowed with some 250,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans eager to join the new pope at the start of solemn Holy Week ceremonies, which lead up to Easter, Christianity's most important day.