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Good Friday events began with a morning service at the cavernous Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, which was built on the place where tradition holds that Jesus was crucified, briefly entombed and resurrected. Clergy dressed in colorful robes entered through the church's large wooden doors as worshippers prayed in the church courtyard. Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations that observe the new, Gregorian calendar, are marking holy week.

Published: March 29, 2013

Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 29, 2013. Pope Francis began the Good Friday service at the Vatican with the Passion of Christ Mass and hours later will go to the ancient Colosseum in Rome for the traditional Way of the Cross procession.

Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

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