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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Good Friday marked in Holy Land

Published 18/04/2014 | 09:12

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Pilgrims carry crosses during Good Friday in Jerusalem as Christians commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (AP)

Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City.

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Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the Old City today along the Via Dolorosa, Latin for the "Way of Suffering".

They were carrying wooden crosses and following the 14 stations ending at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tradition says the church was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

The Easter holiday and Jewish Passover coincide this year.

According to the Gospels, Jesus ate his last supper - a Passover meal - hours before he was betrayed. Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.

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