Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
Jerusalem is always busy at Easter, but this year the holiday has coincided with Jewish Passover, bringing thousands of religious pilgrims to the Old Town. The week has been mostly peaceful, but tensions remain high.
The Pope has led prayers for the victims of poverty and social injustice in a late-night Good Friday Way of the Cross procession in Rome. Millions of people around the world were commemorating the death of Jesus Christ.
The Pope has held his final service prior to Easter Sunday celebrations. In a late-night vigil at St. Peter's Basilica he urged Catholics to rediscover the roots of their faith.
Christians are celebrating Good Friday in honor of the crucifixion of Jesus. In the Philippines, nine men were nailed to crosses in a bloody annual spectacle before thousands of onlookers.
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