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Catholics mark Good Friday with crucifixion, procession, prayers

Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter

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Catholics carry a holy cross at a street parade during a special Good Friday mass in Colombo March 29, 2013. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter.

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A Catholic woman prays during a special Good Friday mass at a church in Colombo March 29, 2013.

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An alter boy holds up a crucifix during a Good Friday mass at a church in New Delhi March 29, 2013.

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An altar boy, holding up a crucifix, is silhouetted against the setting sun during a Good Friday procession outside a church in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh March 29, 2013.

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Members of the Italian community prepare to take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt March 29, 2013. Thousands of spectators watched the yearly Passion Play performed by about 100 laity actors.

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A man has a crown of thorns lowered onto his head as members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt March 29, 2013.

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A man playing the role of Jesus carries a cross as members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt, March 29, 2013.

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Members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt March 29, 2013.

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Members of the Italian community take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt March 29, 2013.

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Tourists watch as penitents, bloodied after self-flagellation, walk during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud town, Pampanga province, north of Manila March 29, 2013. About two dozen Filipinos were nailed to crosses on Good Friday in an extreme display of devotion that the Catholic church looks down upon as a form of folk religion but appears powerless to stop.

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Ruben Enaje, 52, who is portraying Jesus Christ for the 27th time, screams while a man who plays a Roman soldier hammers a nail into his palm during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Pedro Cutud town, Pampanga province, north of Manila March 29, 2013.

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Rolly Pantajo, 58, who portrays Jesus Christ, is being laid down after he was nailed on a wooden cross during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Juan village, Pampanga province, north of Manila March 29, 2013.

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Renato Cunanan, 48, who portrays Jesus Christ, looks at the nail in his palm on a wooden cross during a Good Friday crucifixion re-enactment in San Juan village, Pampanga province, north of Manila March 29, 2013. The Roman Catholic church frowns on the gory spectacle held in the Philippine village of Cutud every Good Friday but that does nothing to deter the faithful from emulating the suffering of Christ and taking a painful route to penitents.

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