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In pictures: Palm Sunday services

Pope Benedict XVI

Palm Sunday services, marking the start of the Christian Easter Holy Week, have been held around the world. Pope Benedict XVI held a mass in St Peter's Square, Vatican City.

Woman holding palm in Lyse, Poland

In Lyse, Poland, traditional processions marked the start of the most important week in the Christian religious calendar.

Christian devotees in Ranchi, India

In Ranchi, India, Christian devotees waved palm fronds, which represent the palm leaves people laid at Jesus' feet as he entered Jerusalem in his final week of life.

Catholic priests in Jerusalem

Catholic priests in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City held a procession past the temple, believed to hold the tomb of Jesus Christ.

Catholic priest in Manila, Philippines

In the Philippines, a Catholic priest sprinkled holy water on palm fronds outside the Santa Ana church in Manila.

San Lorenzo church, Spain

The San Lorenzo church in Cordoba, Spain, was the scene of one of hundreds of processions in the country that will be held during the Easter Holy Week.

Palm cutters in Caracas, Venezuela

Meanwhile, palm cutters in Caracas, Venezuela, undertook the task of collecting fronds for their Sunday services .

German boy in Ramsau, Bavaria

In Bavaria Christians donned traditional highland dress, carrying bouquets of catkins to church services.





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