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In pictures: Good Friday around the world

Pakistani Christians gather around a scene depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at a Good Friday service in Lahore

Christian believers around the world have been holding services to mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Here, Pakistani Christians are pictured at a service in Lahore.

Christian pilgrims carry a cross into Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre

In Jerusalem, pilgrims follow the Way of the Cross, retracing the journey taken by Christ to his crucifixion, which is believed to have taken place where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands.

Catholic devotees reenact the crucifixion during a passion play in a village in San Fernando, the Philippines

Filipino Catholics reenact the crucifixion during a passion play in a village in San Fernando, north of Manila. Around 85% of the the South-East Asian nation's 90m inhabitants are Catholic.

A man whips himself during the Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood procession of the Holy Week in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Spain

A Picao penitent whips himself during the Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood procession in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Spain.

Penitents take part in the Christ the Saviour brotherhood procession of the Holy Week at the beach in Valencia, Spain

Further south in the Spanish city of Valencia, meanwhile, hooded penitents take part in the procession along the beach.

Christian pilgrims at the Good Friday procession in London

In London, the Good Friday procession travels through the streets between the Catholic Westminster Cathedral, the Methodist Central Hall and the Anglican Westminster Abbey.

Lay actors perform at a Good Friday procession in Bensheim, Germany

Lay actors perform at a performance of the passion in Bensheim, western Germany.

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, carries a cross outside the Montmartre basilica, Paris, France

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, carries a cross during the traditional Easter procession at the Montmartre basilica in the French capital.



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