Roman Catholics and Christians from around the world have joined together to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with prayers and processions on Good Friday.
The Holy Day falls every Friday proceeding Easter Sunday, but for Western Christians the holiday coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday this year. For the Eastern Orthodox churches, Good Friday falls next week.
The religious holiday is observed primarily by Christians, who remember the death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Catholics and Protestants gathered in the Holy Land of Bethlehem and re-enacted Jesus' crucifixion, followed by processions posing flags and olivewood crosses, the Associated Press reported.
In the Philippines, thousands of people gathered in the villages and watched and devotees were nailed to crosses in a reenactment of Jesus' crucifixion.
Nine men wore crowns with wigs and were nailed to crosses as villagers were dressed as Roman centurions, according to the AP.
Ruben Enaje, a 52-year-old sign painter carries out the crucifixion every year, this being his 26th. He told the AP that he felt good afterwards because the suffering had ended.
We do not judge and condemn, but we discourage it, Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines told the AP about the tradition where dozens of males walk kilometers beating their backs with sharp bamboo before re-enacting the crucifixion.
In Europe, Pope Benedict XVI marked Good Friday in troubled times. The 84-year-old religious leaders recently returned from Cuba and Mexico looking somewhat frail.
The Pope led a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday at a time of growing concern over rebellion against the church.
A Stations of the Cross ceremony followed at the Coliseum and other ceremonies will be carried out throughout the weekend, leading up to Jesus' resurrection marked on Easter Sunday.
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