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Saturday, April 4, 2015

GOOD FRIDAY 2015

 

 

 

 

Thousands gathered in Trafalgar Square in central London today to watch an awe-inspiring reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

In the shadow of the National Gallery, actor James Burke-Dunsmore delivered a harrowing portrayal of Jesus's final hours as Christians across the country commemorated Good Friday.

Blake-Dunsmore, wearing a purple robe and white rags, trudged through the crowds flanked and taunted by men dressed as Roman centurions.

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Huge crowds gathered in central London today to witness the reenactment of the Way of the Cross in TTrafalgar Square

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Huge crowds gathered in central London today to witness the reenactment of the Way of the Cross in TTrafalgar Square

Wearing a mock crown of thorns, his torso bloodied with realistic-looking lash wounds, the actor let out a cry as he was attached to the cross during the impressive theatrical production.

The Passion of Jesus play was put on by Wintershall and included more than a hundred actors, horses, a donkey and authentic soldier costumes from the 12th Legion of the Roman Army.

While the prominent UK Holy Week celebration featured a mock crucifixion, penitents in other countries carried out the ritual for real, with dozens of men in the Philippines being nailed to crosses to atone for their sins.

In the tradition of self-flagellation, bare-footed Filipino men with bloodied backs lay on roads being beaten with sticks or marched through the streets while whipping themselves with chains - many completing the ritual penance by kneeling on the ground to pray before chapels.

The extreme ritual was also carried out in La Paz in Bolivia and in Indonesia and Mexico.

Actor James Burke- Dunsmore performs The Passion of Jesus put on by the Wintershall theatre company in Trafalgar Square in London today

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Actor James Burke- Dunsmore performs The Passion of Jesus put on by the Wintershall theatre company in Trafalgar Square in London today

A group of actors dressed as Roman soldiers hoist Jesus up while he is attached to the cross outside the National Gallery in London

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A group of actors dressed as Roman soldiers hoist Jesus up while he is attached to the cross outside the National Gallery in London

Actor James Burke-Dunsmore hangs on the cross while depicting Jesus during the Wintershall's 'The Passion of Jesus' production today

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Actor James Burke-Dunsmore hangs on the cross while depicting Jesus during the Wintershall's 'The Passion of Jesus' production today

In Indonesia, Catholics, who make up just three per cent of the population, also gathered for an alarmingly realistic reenactment of the crucifixion as three men were strung up on crosses in the jungle of Wonogiri in central Java.

Holy Week marks the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus culminating in Easter Sunday, has been met with mesmerising religious parades across five continents since the start of the week.

In contrasting displays of Christian devotion, Pope Francis was pictured washing the feet of inmates in a Rome prison yesterday.

After celebrating the Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper at a jail on the outskirts of the city, the Argentine pontiff knelt over a basin to clean the feet of 12 prisoners - mimicking Jesus' washing of his apostles' feet on the Thursday before his death.

The theatrical production included a cast of 100 actors, horses, a donkey and authentic costumes of Roman soldiers

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The theatrical production included a cast of 100 actors, horses, a donkey and authentic costumes of Roman soldiers

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Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday before Easter Sunday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross

Meanwhile, in Spain, haunting marches of Christian brotherhoods continued last night as hundreds of cloaked and hooded penitents bearing candles made their way through the streets of Zamora, in the west of the country.

Other processions crossed the beach in Valencia, passing bikini-clad sunbathers.

In Uruguay, Christian commemorations took on a more carnival-like atmosphere as fearless cowboys known as guachos competed in the annual Easter rodeo tournament in the capital Montevideo.

Effigies to Jesus and mock crucifixions drew mass crowds in Central American countries including Nicaragua and El Salvador where thousands gathered in the indigenous town of Izalco to witness the procession of Los Cristos led by members of the Nazareno Christian brotherhood.

A scene from the reenactment of the Way of the Cross is performed at Trafalgar Square in celebration of Good Friday in central London

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A scene from the reenactment of the Way of the Cross is performed at Trafalgar Square in celebration of Good Friday in central London

Burke-Dunsmore struggles to bear the cross while being taunted by Roman centurions as he trudges through Trafalgar Square

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Burke-Dunsmore struggles to bear the cross while being taunted by Roman centurions as he trudges through Trafalgar Square

Thousands attended the spectacular Good Friday show today in Trafalgar Square in central London

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Thousands attended the spectacular Good Friday show today in Trafalgar Square in central London

Unexpected visitors: Penitents dressed in cloaks march past groups of sunbathers during Good Friday celebrations in Valencia today

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Unexpected visitors: Penitents dressed in cloaks march past groups of sunbathers during Good Friday celebrations in Valencia today

A Filipino penitent grimaces as he is nailed to the cross during Good Friday rituals Pampanga province, northern Philippines today

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A Filipino penitent grimaces as he is nailed to the cross during Good Friday rituals Pampanga province, northern Philippines today

Christian devotees carry thorny boughs on their shoulders as they make their way through Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero yesterday

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Christian devotees carry thorny boughs on their shoulders as they make their way through Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero yesterday

Kissing prisoners' feet: Pope Francis performed the act at Rebibbia prison in Rome yesterday after holding a Holy Thursday Mass for inmates

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Kissing prisoners' feet: Pope Francis performed the act at Rebibbia prison in Rome yesterday after holding a Holy Thursday Mass for inmates

Roman Catholics take part in the La Sanch Good Friday procession of penitents along the streets of Perpignan, in southwestern France

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Roman Catholics take part in the La Sanch Good Friday procession of penitents along the streets of Perpignan, in southwestern France

Penitents take part in the La Sanch Good Friday procession in the streets of Perpignan, in southwestern France today

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Penitents take part in the La Sanch Good Friday procession in the streets of Perpignan, in southwestern France today

Penitents in red robes carry a statue of Jesus Christ in a procession on Good Friday in Zipaquira, Colombia

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Penitents in red robes carry a statue of Jesus Christ in a procession on Good Friday in Zipaquira, Colombia

Caroline Wilson (right) carries a cross as she joins pilgrim crossing from Beal sands to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland

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Caroline Wilson (right) carries a cross as she joins pilgrim crossing from Beal sands to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland

Realistic reenactment: Three men hang from crosses during a staging of Jesus Christs's final hours in Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia

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Realistic reenactment: Three men hang from crosses during a staging of Jesus Christs's final hours in Wonogiri, Central Java, Indonesia

Penitents attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in the Pampajasi district, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia

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Penitents attend a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in the Pampajasi district, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia

Painful celebrations: Hooded Filipino penitents hit their back with wooden sticks during Good Friday rituals to atone for sins today

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Painful celebrations: Hooded Filipino penitents hit their back with wooden sticks during Good Friday rituals to atone for sins today

Penitent Ruben Enaje winces as he's raised by actors playing the role of Roman soldiers after being nailed to the cross for the 29th time

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Penitent Ruben Enaje winces as he's raised by actors playing the role of Roman soldiers after being nailed to the cross for the 29th time

A man is carried away by a medical team after being nailed to the cross during the reenactment of the crucifixion in the Philipines today

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A man is carried away by a medical team after being nailed to the cross during the reenactment of the crucifixion in the Philipines today

Several Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses, an annual rite frowned upon by church leaders

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Several Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to crosses, an annual rite frowned upon by church leaders

A hooded Filipino penitent plays with his son after his flaggelation during Good Friday rituals to atone for sins

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A hooded Filipino penitent plays with his son after his flaggelation during Good Friday rituals to atone for sins

A man demonstrates his devotion to his faith by being strun up on a crosson the outskirts of La Paz in Bolivia today

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A man demonstrates his devotion to his faith by being strun up on a crosson the outskirts of La Paz in Bolivia today

The volunteer grimaces in pain as he is nailed to the cross in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus in Bolivia

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The volunteer grimaces in pain as he is nailed to the cross in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus in Bolivia

Humbling moment Pope Francis washes prisoners' feet

 

People gather  at the Sacre Coeur church in Montmartre's Basilica with Cardinal Andre Armand Vingt-Trois in Paris, France

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People gather at the Sacre Coeur church in Montmartre's Basilica with Cardinal Andre Armand Vingt-Trois in Paris, France

Indonesian Catholics participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a Good Friday procession  in Indonesia

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Indonesian Catholics participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a Good Friday procession in Indonesia

Penitents carry the figures of St. John (L) AND Mother of Sorrows (R) and The Nazarene in front of hundreds of faithfuls in Leon, Spain

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Penitents carry the figures of St. John (L) AND Mother of Sorrows (R) and The Nazarene in front of hundreds of faithfuls in Leon, Spain

Calm before the storm: Masked penitents prepare for the beginning of a procession through the streets of Taxco in Mexico yesterday

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Calm before the storm: Masked penitents prepare for the beginning of a procession through the streets of Taxco in Mexico yesterday

Atoning sins: A masked penitent kneels as he flagellates himself during a procession in the streets of Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero

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Atoning sins: A masked penitent kneels as he flagellates himself during a procession in the streets of Taxco in the Mexican state of Guerrero

Convicing portrayal: An Indian Christian plays the role of Jesus Christ during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ in Mumbai today

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Convicing portrayal: An Indian Christian plays the role of Jesus Christ during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ in Mumbai today

Mock crucifixion: An actor reels on the ground while taking part in the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Masaya city, Nicaragua yesterday

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Mock crucifixion: An actor reels on the ground while taking part in the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in Masaya city, Nicaragua yesterday

Australian event: Actor Brendan Paul carries a cross through Sydney's central business district today

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Australian event: Actor Brendan Paul carries a cross through Sydney's central business district today

Members of the Wesley Mission used a modern interpretation of the recreation of Jesus' journey in Sydney today

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Members of the Wesley Mission used a modern interpretation of the recreation of Jesus' journey in Sydney today

Festival: Two women look captivated as penitents dressed as Roman soldiers march through the Spanish village of Puente Genil yesterday

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Festival: Two women look captivated as penitents dressed as Roman soldiers march through the Spanish village of Puente Genil yesterday

An Indian Christian is tied to the cross as he plays the part of Jesus at the crucifixion in Gauhati, India today

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An Indian Christian is tied to the cross as he plays the part of Jesus at the crucifixion in Gauhati, India today

Mock crucifixion: A Catholic devotee nailed to a cross is hoisted by participants during a reenactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday

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Mock crucifixion: A Catholic devotee nailed to a cross is hoisted by participants during a reenactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday

Peaceful protest: An Indonesian man carries a cross during a silent peace rally on Good Friday on a paddy field at Grogol village in Magelang

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Peaceful protest: An Indonesian man carries a cross during a silent peace rally on Good Friday on a paddy field at Grogol village in Magelang

Christian gathering: The Nazareno brotherhood lead the procession of Los Cristos in the indigenous town of Izalco in El Salvador yesterday

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Christian gathering: The Nazareno brotherhood lead the procession of Los Cristos in the indigenous town of Izalco in El Salvador yesterday

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Mimicking Jesus: Pope Francis is pictured kneeling while washing the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison yesterday

Pope Francis greets people after delivering a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome

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Pope Francis greets people after delivering a Holy Thursday homily in the Rebibbia prison chapel in Rome

Remote celebration: Catholics participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at Gandul hills in Indonesia

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Remote celebration: Catholics participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at Gandul hills in Indonesia

Demonstration of faith: Indonesian Catholics take part in mock crucifixions to mark Good Friday - the day that Jesus died on the cross

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Demonstration of faith: Indonesian Catholics take part in mock crucifixions to mark Good Friday - the day that Jesus died on the cross

A Lebanese man plays the role of Jesus during a re-enactment of the crucifixion in Quraye near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon

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A Lebanese man plays the role of Jesus during a re-enactment of the crucifixion in Quraye near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon

Street performance: Indonesians take part in a reenactment of the Stations Of The Cross on Good Friday at the Raja Agung church

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Street performance: Indonesians take part in a reenactment of the Stations Of The Cross on Good Friday at the Raja Agung church

In the minority: Catholics in indonesia make up approximately three per cent of the population of the predominantly Muslim country

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In the minority: Catholics in indonesia make up approximately three per cent of the population of the predominantly Muslim country

Holy Week: A procession of Catholics march through the jungle of Wonogiri in central Java, Indonesia today to celebrate Good Friday

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Holy Week: A procession of Catholics march through the jungle of Wonogiri in central Java, Indonesia today to celebrate Good Friday

Catholic devotees hold a wooden cross during a Good Friday mass at a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka today

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Catholic devotees hold a wooden cross during a Good Friday mass at a church in Colombo, Sri Lanka today

Haunting display: Cloaked and hooded penitents bearing candles take part in another procession in Arriate, Spain on Holy Thursday

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Haunting display: Cloaked and hooded penitents bearing candles take part in another procession in Arriate, Spain on Holy Thursday

European festivities: Members of the Misericordia brotherhood are pictured in the streets of Alcafozes in Portugal yesterday

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European festivities: Members of the Misericordia brotherhood are pictured in the streets of Alcafozes in Portugal yesterday

A group of self-flagellating penitents with blood-soaked backs kneel before erected crosses in Manila today 

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A group of self-flagellating penitents with blood-soaked backs kneel before erected crosses in Manila today

Filipno flagellants kneel in front of crosses while whipping their backs with wooden flails as a form of penance during Holy Week

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Filipno flagellants kneel in front of crosses while whipping their backs with wooden flails as a form of penance during Holy Week

A hooded Filipino penitent flagellates during Good Friday rituals today to atone for sins in Pampanga province, northern Philippines

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A hooded Filipino penitent flagellates during Good Friday rituals today to atone for sins in Pampanga province, northern Philippines

Making a stand: A Christian man carries a cross during Good Friday procession outside Nairobi in Kenya today

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Making a stand: A Christian man carries a cross during Good Friday procession outside Nairobi in Kenya today

Procession: Crowds of people were seen following the shirted man as he carried the wooden cross along a path outside Nairobi in Kenya

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Procession: Crowds of people were seen following the shirted man as he carried the wooden cross along a path outside Nairobi in Kenya

Minority Indonesian Catholics reenact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at the compound of St Mikael church near the Al-Ikhlas Mosque

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Minority Indonesian Catholics reenact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at the compound of St Mikael church near the Al-Ikhlas Mosque

UK tradition: For 40 years Christians have taken part in the march to Holy Island, walking through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders

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UK tradition: For 40 years Christians have taken part in the march to Holy Island, walking through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders

Spectacular: Thousands attend the procession of the Cristo de la Sentencia (Christ of Sentence) at the Macarena Basilica, in Seville last night

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Spectacular: Thousands attend the procession of the Cristo de la Sentencia (Christ of Sentence) at the Macarena Basilica, in Seville last night

Queue to march: Men wearing traditional 'capirotes' on their head prepare to join a procession through the streets of Puente Genil in Spain

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Queue to march: Men wearing traditional 'capirotes' on their head prepare to join a procession through the streets of Puente Genil in Spain

Menacing appearance: A penitent from "Jesus Nazareno" brotherhood takes part in a Holy Week procession in Castro del Rio, Spain today

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Menacing appearance: A penitent from 'Jesus Nazareno' brotherhood takes part in a Holy Week procession in Castro del Rio, Spain today

Traditional attire: The procession marched through Castro del Rio in Spain today carrying crosses

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Traditional attire: The procession marched through Castro del Rio in Spain today carrying crosses

Christian worshippers carry a wooden cross as they walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel today

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Christian worshippers carry a wooden cross as they walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel today

Holy rodeo: A South American cowboy known as a gaucho desperately tries to stay on a wild horse during the annual rodeo festival in Uruguay

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Holy rodeo: A South American cowboy known as a gaucho desperately tries to stay on a wild horse during the annual rodeo festival in Uruguay

Spectacle: The traditional competition involves riding a wild horse over a period of eight to ten seconds depending on the different categories

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Spectacle: The traditional competition involves riding a wild horse over a period of eight to ten seconds depending on the different categories

Ouch! A cowboy falls beneath a horse in this painful-looking picture taken during the Criolla del Prado rodeo in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Ouch! A cowboy falls beneath a horse in this painful-looking picture taken during the Criolla del Prado rodeo in Montevideo, Uruguay

Although the city of Montevideo has organized the annual rodeo since 1925, Uruguay's Parliament declared rodeo a traditional sport in 2006

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Although the city of Montevideo has organized the annual rodeo since 1925, Uruguay's Parliament declared rodeo a traditional sport in 2006

Flung: A South American cowboy known as a gaucho is thrown of a wild horse during the rodeo competition held every year during Holy Week

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Flung: A South American cowboy known as a gaucho is thrown of a wild horse during the rodeo competition held every year during Holy Week

Sent flying: A bucking horse flings a rider from its back as others look on hopeful that the cowboy is unhurt

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Sent flying: A bucking horse flings a rider from its back as others look on hopeful that the cowboy is unhurt

Renowned event: Riders come from all corners of Uruguay and from neighbouring South American countries to participate in the rodeo

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Renowned event: Riders come from all corners of Uruguay and from neighbouring South American countries to participate in the rodeo

A cowboy is caught in a particularly precarious position as a fellow rider attempts to soften his fall by grabbing hold of his arm 

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A cowboy is caught in a particularly precarious position as a fellow rider attempts to soften his fall by grabbing hold of his arm

A gaucho is pictured wearing a pair of horse skin boots which are used in the 'basto Argentino' riding category

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A gaucho is pictured wearing a pair of horse skin boots which are used in the 'basto Argentino' riding category

Victory lap: Only the best riders from the competition are given the privilege to ride around the field carrying the Uruguayan flag

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Victory lap: Only the best riders from the competition are given the privilege to ride around the field carrying the Uruguayan flag

Bizarre fertility ritual: Women run as men throw water at them as part of traditional Easter time celebration in Hungary today

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Bizarre fertility ritual: Women run as men throw water at them as part of traditional Easter time celebration in Hungary today

The 'watering of the girls' is a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the 2nd century

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The 'watering of the girls' is a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the 2nd century

The two women squirm as buckets of water are thrown over them by boys in the Hungarian village of Szenna

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The two women squirm as buckets of water are thrown over them by boys in the Hungarian village of Szenna

Tradition dictates that girls dress in traditional garb and take to the streets, where boys will throw buckets of water at them as they run past

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Tradition dictates that girls dress in traditional garb and take to the streets, where boys will throw buckets of water at them as they run past

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A a Good Friday procession sees Christian believers dressed in cloaks and hoods march through Sorrento in Naples

Hidden devotees: Penitents march as they take part in a procession of torches during Holy Week in Valencia last night

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Hidden devotees: Penitents march as they take part in a procession of torches during Holy Week in Valencia last night

Young Christians join the ranks: Smoke of burning incense flows while penitents take part in a procession in Arriate, Spain yesterday

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Young Christians join the ranks: Smoke of burning incense flows while penitents take part in a procession in Arriate, Spain yesterday

The way of light: Devotees of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, western Spain last night

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The way of light: Devotees of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, western Spain last night

Leading the way: A female devotee is pictured with her hands clasped together in prayer during a march through the Spanish city of Valencia 

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Leading the way: A female devotee is pictured with her hands clasped together in prayer during a march through the Spanish city of Valencia

Statue of Christ: An effigy to Jesus Christ is carried on top of a float by the hooded figures of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood in Zamora

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Statue of Christ: An effigy to Jesus Christ is carried on top of a float by the hooded figures of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood in Zamora

Spanish celebrations: This march in Zamora is just one of hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week

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Spanish celebrations: This march in Zamora is just one of hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week

Commitment to the cause: An actor commemorates the crucifixion by performing in the streets of Masaya city in Nicaragua yesterday

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Commitment to the cause: An actor commemorates the crucifixion by performing in the streets of Masaya city in Nicaragua yesterday

 An actor takes part in the reenactment of the crucifixion in the Indian neighborhood of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua yesterday

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An actor takes part in the reenactment of the crucifixion in the Indian neighborhood of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua yesterday

Religious self-harm: A flagellant covered in blood kneels in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in the Philippines yesterday 

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Religious self-harm: A flagellant covered in blood kneels in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in the Philippines yesterday

Divisive: The Catholic Church has previously expressed disapproval of the gory ritual which takes place in the Philippines every year

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Divisive: The Catholic Church has previously expressed disapproval of the gory ritual which takes place in the Philippines every year

Alarming display: A man uses a stick to whip a penitent in front of a chapel during a ritual in Angeles city, northern Philippines yesterday

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Alarming display: A man uses a stick to whip a penitent in front of a chapel during a ritual in Angeles city, northern Philippines yesterday

Tradition: Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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Tradition: Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

Beaten bloody: A flagellant prays by the San Fernando Cathedral in the town of San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines yesterday

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Beaten bloody: A flagellant prays by the San Fernando Cathedral in the town of San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines yesterday

Shocking display: Filipino flagellants whip their back along a street  in Mabalacat city, Pampanga Province in the Philippines yesterday

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Shocking display: Filipino flagellants whip their back along a street in Mabalacat city, Pampanga Province in the Philippines yesterday

Sunbathers are disturbed as penitents of the 'Christ the Saviour and Protector' brotherhood walk by  on the beach in Valencia

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Sunbathers are disturbed as penitents of the 'Christ the Saviour and Protector' brotherhood walk by on the beach in Valencia

Mission: The pilgrims walk around 100 miles through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to reach Holy Island during Holy Week

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Mission: The pilgrims walk around 100 miles through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders to reach Holy Island during Holy Week

A woman carried a cross over the beach on her journey to Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed today

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A woman carried a cross over the beach on her journey to Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed today

Wet Good Friday Pilgrims walk with crosses as the Northern Cross pilgrimage makes its final leg to Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed

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Wet Good Friday Pilgrims walk with crosses as the Northern Cross pilgrimage makes its final leg to Holy Island, Berwick Upon Tweed

Street performance: An actor depicts Jesus's march to the cross followed by a procession on Epsom High Street in Surrey today

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Street performance: An actor depicts Jesus's march to the cross followed by a procession on Epsom High Street in Surrey today

A young Bolivian covered in fake blood was hoisted up on a cross under the crisp Andean sun, while an inmate in Mexico City played the role of Jesus as faithful across the Americas re-enacted the final hours of Jesus' life on Good Friday.

Haitian pilgrims hiked across the mountains to visit the Stations of the Cross, some balancing stones on their heads as a form of penance.

Ecuadoreans packed the capital's downtown as men carried a statue of Jesus through the streets and women walked shrouded by dark purple lace veils.

During a reenactment of the final procession of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion, men playing the role of Roman soldiers raise a cross with the man playing th...

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During a reenactment of the final procession of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion, men playing the role of Roman soldiers raise a cross with the man playing the role of Jesus Christ at the summit of Villa Armonia in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, April 3, 2015. The annual tradition marks Good Friday for devout Catholics in Bolivia. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Hooded penitents in Mexico wore heavy chains and endured prickly cacti stuck to their bodies. Others hung from trees, suspended by body harnesses, re-enacting the hanging of Judas. Nicaraguans portraying Judas wore colorful and unique costumes, including pink face masks with sunglasses.

In Puerto Rico, a woman held up a cloth showing an image of Jesus' face in red.

Peruvian musicians played trumpets, onlookers clutched Holy Week schedules and female penitents walked among heavy incense with their heads covered in white lace.

A man playing the role of Jesus in Paraguay acted out the anguish of being tortured while he carried a wooden cross and other faithful costumed as Roman soldiers lashed and kicked him.

A slum in Rio de Janeiro put on a Passion of Christ performance in which the shadow of Jesus' cross cast a sinister shadow on a nearby building.

In Guatemala, children put on purple and white costumes to play the part of penitents, and afterward stopped to eat cotton candy on the sidewalk.

A hooded penitent, wearing chains and prickly cactus stuck in his flesh, prepares to walk in a Good Friday procession during Holy Week celebrations in Atlixc...

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A hooded penitent, wearing chains and prickly cactus stuck in his flesh, prepares to walk in a Good Friday procession during Holy Week celebrations in Atlixco, Puebla state, Mexico, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Pilgrims kneel in prayer after reaching the final of the 14 Stations of the Cross, symbolizing when Jesus Christ was laid in his tomb, on Morne Calvaire Mira...

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Pilgrims kneel in prayer after reaching the final of the 14 Stations of the Cross, symbolizing when Jesus Christ was laid in his tomb, on Morne Calvaire Miracle, in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, April 3, 2015. Thousands of devout Haitians travel to the small town east of Port-au-Prince on Good Friday, hike across the surrounding mountains, visiting the Stations of the Cross, that represent Jesus Christ's final journey to his crucifixion at Calvary. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Women dressed as penitents, called "Veronicas," walk in the Good Friday procession in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death...

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Women dressed as penitents, called "Veronicas," walk in the Good Friday procession in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

A parishioner playing the role of Judas, one of the 12 original apostles of Jesus Christ who's known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus in exchange for money...

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A parishioner playing the role of Judas, one of the 12 original apostles of Jesus Christ who's known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus in exchange for money, hangs from a tree, suspended with a safety belt, as part of a Good Friday custom in Santa Cruz, Mexico, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A youth poses for a portrait in his Judas costume during the "Los Encadenados," or The Chained Ones, procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in Masatepe, ...

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A youth poses for a portrait in his Judas costume during the "Los Encadenados," or The Chained Ones, procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in Masatepe, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Judas was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus known for his betrayal. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

People surround the statue of "Jesus del Gran Poder" for a Good Friday procession during Holy Week in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday reca...

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People surround the statue of "Jesus del Gran Poder" for a Good Friday procession during Holy Week in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Haitians take part in a Good Friday pilgrimage to Morne Calvaire Miracle, in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, April 3, 2015. Thousands of devout Haitians travel to t...

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Haitians take part in a Good Friday pilgrimage to Morne Calvaire Miracle, in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, April 3, 2015. Thousands of devout Haitians travel to the small town east of Port-au-Prince on Good Friday, hike across the surrounding mountains, visiting the Stations of the Cross, or depictions of Jesus Christ's final journey to his crucifixion at Calvary. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The shadow of a parishioner on a cross is cast on the ground during a Good Friday reenactment of the Stations of the Cross in Santa Cruz, Mexico, Friday, Apr...

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The shadow of a parishioner on a cross is cast on the ground during a Good Friday reenactment of the Stations of the Cross in Santa Cruz, Mexico, Friday, April 3, 2015. The annual tradition marks the day Jesus Christ is believed to have died by crucifixion, commonly known as Good Friday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A woman holds up a cloth with an image of Jesus' face in red, believed to be from Jesus' blood after his face was wiped with it, during a reenactment of Jesu...

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A woman holds up a cloth with an image of Jesus' face in red, believed to be from Jesus' blood after his face was wiped with it, during a reenactment of Jesus' last hours at a Stations of the Cross procession during Holy Week in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Rosibel Miranda attends a Good Friday procession inside the Virgin of Asuncion church during Holy Week in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Frid...

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Rosibel Miranda attends a Good Friday procession inside the Virgin of Asuncion church during Holy Week in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Banda Nazarena musicians play their instruments while taking part in a Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru...

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Banda Nazarena musicians play their instruments while taking part in a Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015. Devout Christians in Peru commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday with processions and reenactments of the Stations of the Cross, or Jesus Christ's final journey to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Actor Lucas Valentim plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Bra...

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Actor Lucas Valentim plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Inmate Aurelio Quevedo, center, portrays Jesus during a reenactment of the Passion of Christ, along with fellow inmates, on Good Friday at the Mexico City Pe...

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Inmate Aurelio Quevedo, center, portrays Jesus during a reenactment of the Passion of Christ, along with fellow inmates, on Good Friday at the Mexico City Penitentiary during Holy Week in Mexico City, Friday, April 3, 2015. Quevedo, a 37-year-old taxi driver who is serving a 49-year sentence for kidnapping, said he hoped this was only his first Good Friday performance. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

A penitent wearing chains attached to his ankles prepares to walk in a Good Friday procession during Holy Week celebrations in Atlixco, Puebla state, Mexico,...

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A penitent wearing chains attached to his ankles prepares to walk in a Good Friday procession during Holy Week celebrations in Atlixco, Puebla state, Mexico, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

A statue of Jesus lays inside a glass case before the start of a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday...

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A statue of Jesus lays inside a glass case before the start of a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Actor Lucas Valentim, right, plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Jane...

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Actor Lucas Valentim, right, plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A girl dressed as an angel stands on a platform as she's carried during a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Go...

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A girl dressed as an angel stands on a platform as she's carried during a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

A woman carries a bouquet of flowers to the summit of Villa Armonia, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, April 3, 2015, where the Good Friday procession, reenacting ...

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A woman carries a bouquet of flowers to the summit of Villa Armonia, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, April 3, 2015, where the Good Friday procession, reenacting the final procession of Jesus Christ to his crucifixion, concludes. The annual tradition marks Good Friday for devout Catholics in Bolivia. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A woman watches the Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015. Devout Christians in Peru ...

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A woman watches the Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015. Devout Christians in Peru commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday with processions and reenactments of the Stations of the Cross, or Jesus Christ's final procession to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A man plays the role of Jesus as he reenacts Christ's death during a Good Friday procession, along with other members of Domingo Savio church, in Fernando de...

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A man plays the role of Jesus as he reenacts Christ's death during a Good Friday procession, along with other members of Domingo Savio church, in Fernando de la Mora on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

A penitent adjusts his hood at a Good Friday procession during Holy Week in La Paz, Friday, April 3, 2015. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthl...

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A penitent adjusts his hood at a Good Friday procession during Holy Week in La Paz, Friday, April 3, 2015. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Parishioners reenact the journey of Jesus Christ's final hours, in a Good Friday procession, or the Stations of the Cross, in Pirenopolis, Brazil, Friday, Ap...

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Parishioners reenact the journey of Jesus Christ's final hours, in a Good Friday procession, or the Stations of the Cross, in Pirenopolis, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Christians all over the world attend ceremonies that mark the day Jesus Christ was crucified, commonly known as Good Friday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Women burn incense as they take part in a Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015. Devo...

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Women burn incense as they take part in a Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015. Devout Christians in Peru commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday with processions and reenactments of the Stations of the Cross, or Jesus Christ's final procession to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Portraying Jesus Christ, a parishioner reenacts Jesus Christ's final hours, in the traditional Good Friday procession, or Stations of the Cross in Pirenopoli...

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Portraying Jesus Christ, a parishioner reenacts Jesus Christ's final hours, in the traditional Good Friday procession, or Stations of the Cross in Pirenopolis, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Christians all over the world attend ceremonies that mark the day Jesus Christ was crucified, commonly known as Good Friday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

A man prays as he balances a stone on his head as a form of penance during a Good Friday pilgrimage to Morne Calvaire Miracle, in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, Ap...

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A man prays as he balances a stone on his head as a form of penance during a Good Friday pilgrimage to Morne Calvaire Miracle, in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, April 3, 2015. Thousands of devout Haitians travel to the small town east of Port-au-Prince on Good Friday, hike across the surrounding mountains, visiting the Stations of the Cross, or depictions of Jesus Christ's final journey to his crucifixion at Calvary. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

A parishioner reenacts the steps of Jesus Christ's final hours in a traditional Good Friday procession, or the Stations of the Cross, in Pirenopolis, Brazil,...

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A parishioner reenacts the steps of Jesus Christ's final hours in a traditional Good Friday procession, or the Stations of the Cross, in Pirenopolis, Brazil, Friday, April 3, 2015. Christians all over the world attend ceremonies that mark the day Jesus Christ was crucified, commonly known as Good Friday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Children eat candy cotton as they rest after a Holy Week procession in Antigua, Guatemala, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. La Merced church organized a procession ...

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Children eat candy cotton as they rest after a Holy Week procession in Antigua, Guatemala, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. La Merced church organized a procession for children who wanted to participate in the annual procession on Good Friday but where to small to do it. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Easter Sunday just on the horizon, Christians across American observed Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.

'Way of the Cross' walks took place in Ohio, Pennsylvania and over the Brooklyn Bridge, among others.

These were just a few of the events that were taking place all over the world as Holy Week, which began on Palm Sunday, nears its end.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Pope Francis' Good Friday torchlight procession at the Colosseum in Rome.

The pope used the service to stress the persecution of Christians.

On Thursday the pope washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome's main prison in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve.

NEW YORK

A 'Way of the Cross' procession makes its way from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan on Good Friday in New York 

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A 'Way of the Cross' procession makes its way from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan on Good Friday in New York

Firefighter John Bartlett holds the cross as the procession reaches Lower Manhattan 

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Firefighter John Bartlett holds the cross as the procession reaches Lower Manhattan

The Way of the Cross is made up of fourteen stations that are related to the hours of Jesus Christ's life leading up to and after his crucifixion 

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The Way of the Cross is made up of fourteen stations that are related to the hours of Jesus Christ's life leading up to and after his crucifixion

The stations include Jesus carrying the cross, Jesus being nailed to the cross and Jesus being placed in the tomb 

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The stations include Jesus carrying the cross, Jesus being nailed to the cross and Jesus being placed in the tomb

CALIFORNIA

An actor portraying Jesus carries a cross as he leads a religious procession in Los Angeles 

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An actor portraying Jesus carries a cross as he leads a religious procession in Los Angeles

The actors, which are also portraying Roman soldiers, are reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ 

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The actors, which are also portraying Roman soldiers, are reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

There is no celebration of Mass on Good Friday, which many people fast on and abstain from meat  

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There is no celebration of Mass on Good Friday, which many people fast on and abstain from meat 

Good Friday is observed as a national holiday in a number of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Spain and the United Kingdom 

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Good Friday is observed as a national holiday in a number of countries, including Australia, Brazil, Spain and the United Kingdom

Good Friday is not a government holiday in the United States but various states observe it as one, including Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas and New Jersey

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Good Friday is not a government holiday in the United States but various states observe it as one, including Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas and New Jersey

INDIANA

An actor portraying Jesus is lashed by 'the Romans' during a reenactment of the Good Friday story in LaPorte, Indiana 

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An actor portraying Jesus is lashed by 'the Romans' during a reenactment of the Good Friday story in LaPorte, Indiana

During the reenactment, a woman tries to comfort Jesus as he rests for a moment 

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During the reenactment, a woman tries to comfort Jesus as he rests for a moment

An actor portraying Jesus is raised on his cross during St. Joseph Catholic Church's rendition of the crucifixion

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An actor portraying Jesus is raised on his cross during St. Joseph Catholic Church's rendition of the crucifixion

PENNSYLVANIA

11-year-old T.J. New carries a wooden cross as members of the Forest Hills ministries march between two Methodist churches in Sidman, Pennsylvania 

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11-year-old T.J. New carries a wooden cross as members of the Forest Hills ministries march between two Methodist churches in Sidman, Pennsylvania

Members of Holy Annunciation Church in Hazleton walked for two miles throughout the city to commemorate the Stations of the Cross

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Members of Holy Annunciation Church in Hazleton walked for two miles throughout the city to commemorate the Stations of the Cross

During the procession women of the parish dressed as the women of Jerusalem and wept as Jesus died

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During the procession women of the parish dressed as the women of Jerusalem and wept as Jesus died

At the 12th station, Jesus, portrayed by Luis Arias, is nailed to the cross

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At the 13th station, Mary, portrayed by Martha Medina, holds in her arms her son Jesus after he died and was taken down from the cross

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At the 12th station, Jesus, portrayed by Luis Arias, is nailed to the cross

MISSISSIPPI

The crucifixion of Christ is reenacted by members of the Hispanic Ministry of The Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in The Passion of Christ in downtown Jackson 

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The crucifixion of Christ is reenacted by members of the Hispanic Ministry of The Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in The Passion of Christ in downtown Jackson

Cathedral Rector Fr. Anthony Quyet Nguyen, right, leads parishioners during the reenacting of The Passion of Christ in Smith Park 

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Cathedral Rector Fr. Anthony Quyet Nguyen, right, leads parishioners during the reenacting of The Passion of Christ in Smith Park

Victor Gomez, assuming the role of Jesus Christ, carries the cross during the reenaction 

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Victor Gomez, assuming the role of Jesus Christ, carries the cross during the reenaction

A number of members of the church played roles and dressed up for the reenactment. The group is the largest and oldest Catholic Hispanic ministry in the Jackson Diocese

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A number of members of the church played roles and dressed up for the reenactment. The group is the largest and oldest Catholic Hispanic ministry in the Jackson Diocese

OHIO

Reverand Joshua Michaels carries a cross at the start of a Good Friday cross walk in Andover

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Reverand Joshua Michaels carries a cross at the start of a Good Friday cross walk in Andover

Participants in a Good Friday cross walk along Route 7 in the village of Andover

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Participants in a Good Friday cross walk along Route 7 in the village of Andover

Nicholas Prill, right, and Neftali Ortiz carry a large wooden cross during the Ashtabula Area Ministerium Cross Walk

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Nicholas Prill, right, and Neftali Ortiz carry a large wooden cross during the Ashtabula Area Ministerium Cross Walk

Participants make their way through Ashtabula. Good Friday is followed by Holy Saturday, which commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb

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Participants make their way through Ashtabula. Good Friday is followed by Holy Saturday, which commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb

Millions of devout Christians around the world have been commemorating the final days of Jesus Christ by taking part in awe-inspiring and shocking Holy Week celebrations.

The festival, which marks the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus culminating in Easter Sunday, has been met with mesmerising religious parades across five continents.

In a diverse display of traditions, thousands of penitents have marched through streets in hooded cloaks while others have performed alarming religious self-flagellation in demonstrations of commitment to their faith.

In northern Philippines, bare-footed men with bloodied backs lie on roads being beaten with sticks and whips in a divisive tradition thought to stem from 13th century Roman Catholics.

Impressive effigies to Jesus Christ were erected in the Philippines, Belarus and in Venezuela - where crowds of penitents, some wearing crowns of thorns, gathered for mass at the Santa Teresa's Basilica in the capital city Caracas.

In Spain, the week of celebration has seen thousands of haunting, hooded figures take part in entrancing marches through the streets of Seville in Andalucia and Zamora, in the north-west of the country.

In Zamora, in the region of Castile and Leon, penitents from 16 Christian brotherhoods were pictured during an enthralling nighttime procession through the town's streets.

Fraternities, wearing robes and conical hoods to maintain anonymity, were also seen beating drums in a spellbinding ceremony in Santander.

Alarming display: A man uses a stick to whip a penitent in front of a chapel during a ritual in Angeles city, northern Philippines today

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Alarming display: A man uses a stick to whip a penitent in front of a chapel during a ritual in Angeles city, northern Philippines today

Reenactment: Acting the part of Jesus in the final march of his life, a man carries a cross through Manila in the Philippines today

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Reenactment: Acting the part of Jesus in the final march of his life, a man carries a cross through Manila in the Philippines today

Penance: Among a crowd attending a mass at the Santa Teresa's Basilica in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday, a devotee dons a crown of thorns

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Penance: Among a crowd attending a mass at the Santa Teresa's Basilica in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday, a devotee dons a crown of thorns

Dramatic: A procession of haunting figures wearing cloaks and conical hats beat drums while marching through Santander in Spain this week

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Dramatic: A procession of haunting figures wearing cloaks and conical hats beat drums while marching through Santander in Spain this week

Beaten bloody: A flagellant prays by the San Fernando Cathedral in the town of San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines yesterday

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Beaten bloody: A flagellant prays by the San Fernando Cathedral in the town of San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippines yesterday

Religious self-harm: A flagellant covered in blood kneels in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in the Philippines yesterday 

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Religious self-harm: A flagellant covered in blood kneels in front of the San Fernando Cathedral in the Philippines yesterday

Red flares burn while penitents of the Cristo de Viga brotherhood carrying a float with a cross in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain this week

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Red flares burn while penitents of the Cristo de Viga brotherhood carrying a float with a cross in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain this week

Penitents from "Las Siete Palabras (Seven words)" brotherhood wait for their turn to leave a church in Zamora, Spain yesterday

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Penitents from 'Las Siete Palabras (Seven words)' brotherhood wait for their turn to leave a church in Zamora, Spain yesterday

Shocking display: Filipino flagellants whip their back along a street  in Mabalacat city, Pampanga Province, in the Philippines today

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Shocking display: Filipino flagellants whip their back along a street in Mabalacat city, Pampanga Province, in the Philippines today

Tradition: Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

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Tradition: Flagellation is a form of religious discipline observed every lenten season by Catholic devotees in the Philippines

Divisive: The Catholic Church has previously expressed disapproval of the gory ritual which takes place in the Philippines every year

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Divisive: The Catholic Church has previously expressed disapproval of the gory ritual which takes place in the Philippines every year

Contemplation: A group of penitents gather in front of a portrait of Jesus Christ prior to flagellating themselves in Manila today

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Contemplation: A group of penitents gather in front of a portrait of Jesus Christ prior to flagellating themselves in Manila today

Painful: A man with a hooded face swings a rope attached to chains while flagellating himself in a show of religious commitment in Manila

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Painful: A man with a hooded face swings a rope attached to chains while flagellating himself in a show of religious commitment in Manila

Central America: Children carry a platform holding a small statue of Jesus during a Holy Week procession in Antigua, Guatemala yesterday

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Central America: Children carry a platform holding a small statue of Jesus during a Holy Week procession in Antigua, Guatemala yesterday

Performance: Students perform the Stations of the Cross procession as part of the Holy Week celebrations in Luque, Paraguay yesterday

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Performance: Students perform the Stations of the Cross procession as part of the Holy Week celebrations in Luque, Paraguay yesterday

Global event: An actor wearing a crown of thorns portrays Jesus during a performance in Luque, Paraguay yesterday

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Global event: An actor wearing a crown of thorns portrays Jesus during a performance in Luque, Paraguay yesterday

Leading commemorations: Pope Francis blesses the Holy Chrism during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican today

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Leading commemorations: Pope Francis blesses the Holy Chrism during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at The Vatican today

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The Argentine pontiff was pictured during the traditional Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican this morning

Dedication: Filipino nuns carry wooden crosses as they make the Stations of the Cross at the Philippine Center of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

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Dedication: Filipino nuns carry wooden crosses as they make the Stations of the Cross at the Philippine Center of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Mesmerising: Hundreds of hooded penitents march during the Holy Week procession in Santander, Spain, pictured on Tuesday

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Mesmerising: Hundreds of hooded penitents march during the Holy Week procession in Santander, Spain, pictured on Tuesday

Holy Week: The ceremonial displays in Santander have also been seen across Spain with notable marches in Sevilla and Zamora

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Holy Week: The ceremonial displays in Santander have also been seen across Spain with notable marches in Sevilla and Zamora

Penitents take part in a ceremonial Holy Week display inside a chapel in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain on Tuesday

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Penitents take part in a ceremonial Holy Week display inside a chapel in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain on Tuesday

Gathering: Catholic faithful attend a mass held at St. Teresa church during Holy Week celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday

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Gathering: Catholic faithful attend a mass held at St. Teresa church during Holy Week celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday

Tribute: An effigy of Jesus on the cross is held up during the Cristo de la Fe parade during a Holy Week procession in Alicante, Spain

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Tribute: An effigy of Jesus on the cross is held up during the Cristo de la Fe parade during a Holy Week procession in Alicante, Spain

Members of the Catholic clergy at the Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem today

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Members of the Catholic clergy at the Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem today

Passion of Christ: Belarussian Catholics re-enact some of the final moments of Jesus Christ near a Catholic church in Minsk yesterday

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Passion of Christ: Belarussian Catholics re-enact some of the final moments of Jesus Christ near a Catholic church in Minsk yesterday

Actors yell during a 'Via Crucis' in a free interpretation performance of the catholic tradition at the Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Paraguay

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Actors yell during a 'Via Crucis' in a free interpretation performance of the catholic tradition at the Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Paraguay

A number of male and female actors were pictured during the spectacular display in Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Asuncion, Paraguay

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A number of male and female actors were pictured during the spectacular display in Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Asuncion, Paraguay

Penitents of the Via Crucis Brotherhood carry a sculpture of Jesus Christ during the Holy Monday procession in Cordoba, Andalucia

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Penitents of the Via Crucis Brotherhood carry a sculpture of Jesus Christ during the Holy Monday procession in Cordoba, Andalucia

Focused: Filipino flagellants carry a wooden cross on their back along a street in Pampanga Province, north of Manila today

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Focused: Filipino flagellants carry a wooden cross on their back along a street in Pampanga Province, north of Manila today

A penitent dressed as a Roman soldier takes part in celebrations in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain on Tuesday

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A penitent dressed as a Roman soldier takes part in celebrations in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain on Tuesday

Penitents take part in the 'Procesion del Silencio' in Zamora, Spain yesterday were thousands gathered to witness a nighttime procession

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Penitents take part in the 'Procesion del Silencio' in Zamora, Spain yesterday were thousands gathered to witness a nighttime procession

Penitents from 'Cristo de la Buena Muerte' or 'Good Dead Christ' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora on Tuesday night

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Penitents from 'Cristo de la Buena Muerte' or 'Good Dead Christ' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora on Tuesday night

A baby sucks a dummy while dressed in a ceremonial Holy Week cloak in in Zamora, Spain earlier this week

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A baby sucks a dummy while dressed in a ceremonial Holy Week cloak in in Zamora, Spain earlier this week

Members of a religious fraternity don cloaks and conical hats while marching through Zamora in northwest Spain on Tuesday night

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Members of a religious fraternity don cloaks and conical hats while marching through Zamora in northwest Spain on Tuesday night

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal washes the foot of a priest during the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony

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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal washes the foot of a priest during the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony

A figure of Jesus is carried through the streets of Zamora in northwest Spain by penitents from Cristo de la Buena Muerte brotherhood

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A figure of Jesus is carried through the streets of Zamora in northwest Spain by penitents from Cristo de la Buena Muerte brotherhood

While the marches may appear sinister, they are a stunning celebration of emotion as brothers make their way to cathedrals in Zamora

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While the marches may appear sinister, they are a stunning celebration of emotion as brothers make their way to cathedrals in Zamora

Each confradia (or religious brotherhood) is represented by different coloured robes and masks, designed to protect anonymity 

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Each confradia (or religious brotherhood) is represented by different coloured robes and masks, designed to protect anonymity

Visitors and locals watch from balconies as the procession weaves its way through the cobblestone streets in Zamora

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Visitors and locals watch from balconies as the procession weaves its way through the cobblestone streets in Zamora

 

 

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