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In pictures: Good Friday
A man dressed as Jesus drags a cross down a Sydney city street during a re-enactment of the crucifixion
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Christians around the world have been commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.
Chinese Catholics pray during a service in Beijing on Good Friday
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Christianity is the world's largest religion, with about two billion followers worldwide.
A South Korean Christian weeps as an actor is fixed on a cross to re-enact the crucifixion
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Good Friday - marked later in the year by Orthodox Christians - is a day of mourning.
An Indian Christian in Bombay portrays Jesus Christ carrying a crucifix during a re-enactment of the Good Friday march
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Jesus was tried for heresy, condemned and put to death.
Penitents of Los Negritos brotherhood begin their Holy Week procession in Seville, Spain
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The mood turns to celebration on Easter Sunday, when followers mark what they believe was Jesus' resurrection.
Prisoners behind bars in eastern Spain watch hooded penitents in a Holy Week procession
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In many countries there are special processions, or re-enactments of the crucifixion.
A nail is driven through a woman's palm to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in the Philippines
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In some more extreme celebrations, followers in the Philippines volunteer to be nailed to a cross.
A man is pulled down after being nailed to a cross during a Good Friday ritual in the Philippines
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The practice is not endorsed by the Catholic Church.
Filipino police officer flagellates a colleague
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A Filipino policeman hits colleagues with a wooden stick during a flagellation ritual in San Fernando, north of Manila.
Churchgoers in Banda Aceh, Indonesia
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Members of the small Christian minority sing hymns in a church in Banda Aceh, in Indonesia's Aceh province.



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