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Christians mark Good Friday around the world

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Image: Actors Perform The Easter Passion Of Jesus In Trafalgar Square

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.

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Image: Good Friday commemoration in Athens

Greek Orthdox faithful light candles during Good Friday celebrations at Pendeli monastery, north of Athens.

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Image: Passion of Christ procession in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Faithful participate in a "Passion of Christ" procession at the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Marian shrine in southern Poland.

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Christians re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Mumbai, India.

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Image: Members of the Italian community practise 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

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.

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Image: Good Friday procession in Israel

Christian worshippers hold crosses inside the church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Good Friday procession in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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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.

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Image: Filipino Catholics Celebrate Good Friday

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.

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Image: Good Friday procession in Jerusalem

Christian worshippers carry crosses during a Good Friday procession on the Via Dolorosa, retracing the route Jesus Christ walked to his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

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Christians take part in the annual Way of the Cross ritual, which symbolizes the final journey of Jesus before he was crucified, during a Good Friday service in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Christians account for around six percent of Sri Lanka's population of 20 million.

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Image: Catholic nuns from Missionaries of Charity attend a Good Friday prayer at a church in Kolkata

Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity, the global order of nuns founded by Mother Teresa, attend a Good Friday prayer at a church in Kolkata, India.

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Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain, on Friday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

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