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Christians mark Good Friday around the world
Actor James Burke-Dunsmore of the Wintershall Players performs "The Passion of Jesus" for crowds in London's Trafalgar Square on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. Good Friday is observed by Christians as the anniversary of the crucifixion. The Wintershall Players production of "The Passion of Jesus" includes a cast of 80 actors, horses, a donkey and authentic costumes of Roman soldiers in the 12th Legion of the Roman Army.
Members of the Italian community practice carrying their crosses before they take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt. Thousands of spectators watched the yearly Passion Play performed by about 100 laity actors.
A devotee grimaces as he is nailed to a cross to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus in Santa Lucia village, northern Philippines. Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic devotion with folk belief, but the annual rites continue to draw participants and huge crowds.
A Catholic devotee nailed to a cross is hoisted by participants during a re-enacment of the crucifixion in San Pedro Cutud, Philippines. At least 18 people were nailed to crosses, including a Danish national, in annual crucifixion rites in small villages in Pampanga province. The annual events draws huge crowds of people to normally sleepy towns in northern Philippines.