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Members of the Italian Catholic community take part in a reenactment of the Crucifixion on Good Friday. Thousands of spectators watch the yearly Passion Play performed by about 100 lay actors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAI PFAFFENBACH / Reuters

A Sri Lankan Catholic woman prays during a Good Friday Mass at a church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

Christian pilgrims hold crosses on their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be the site of the Crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession along the Via Dolorosa in the Old City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press

Devotee Ruben Enaje grimaces as nails are driven into his palms during a reenactment of the Crucifixion on Good Friday. Several Filipinos were nailed to wooden crosses Friday to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering in an annual rite that has been rejected by Catholic Church leaders but draws thousands of tourists.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULLIT MARQUEZ / Associated Press

Actors perform "The Passion of Jesus" to crowds in Trafalgar Square. The actors come from the Wintershall Estate in Surrey, where they also perform a Nativity play in and around the farm buildings at Christmas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images Europe

Laity actors of the Italian Catholic community stand next to wooden crosses as they wait for the start of a reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAI PFAFFENBACH / Reuters

Christian pilgrims pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during a Good Friday procession in the Old City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RONEN ZVULUN / Reuters

A Palestinian begs near a Christian pilgrim on Good Friday in the Old City.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press

Catholics attend Good Friday service at St. Francis Church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSEPH EID / AFP / Getty Images

Pilgrims walk across a tidal causeway while carrying a cross during the final leg of the Northern Cross pilgrimage to Holy Island in Northumbria. For more than 30 years Christians have taken part in the pilgrimage to Holy Island, walking through Northumberland and Scotland during Holy Week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MOIR / Reuters

Pilgrims carry a cross as they enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in processions along the route where according to tradition Jesus Christ carried the cross on the way to his death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GALI TIBBON / AFP / Getty Images

People walk past a 27-foot tall Easter Bunny statue at the entrance of the Britz quarter during the cherry blossom festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / Reuters

A wooden cross stands amid the tsunami devastation at a place where a church used to be. Japan announced a $49-billion special budget for areas devastated by last month's quake and tsunami and said it would extend an evacuation zone around a nuclear plant crippled by the disaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / Getty Images

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It’s Good Friday and our Pictures in the News feature is comprised of religious observances from around the world. Good Friday, or Holy Friday, is the religious observance of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

We begin in Germany, where members of the Italian Catholic community in Bensheim take part in a reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  In the Philippines, nails were driven to his palms of a worshiper during a reenactment of the Crucifixion; crowds in London’s Trafalgar Square were treated to a performance of  The Passion of Jesus; and farther north, pilgrims walk across a tidal causeway while carrying a cross during the final leg of the Northern Cross pilgrimage to Holy Island in Northumbria, near the Scottish border.

There was plenty of activity in Jerusalem’s Old City as Christian pilgrims retraced the route believers say Jesus Christ took along Via Dolorosa to his Crucifixion where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher  now stands. Outside, a Palestinian begs as a Christian pilgrim attends the Good Friday procession, and inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher pilgrims prayed and lighted candles.

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