Christians observe Good Friday
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.
A Christian Catholic pilgrim lights a candle inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City Friday, March 29, 2013.
Pakistani Christians celebrate a Mass on Good Friday in a church in Lahore, Pakistan Friday, March 29, 2013. Christians around the world are marking the Easter holy week.
A woman kisses a statue of Jesus Christ at the end of a Holy Week Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Panama City Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Penitents of "Santisimo Cristo de las Injurias" brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
A masked penitent from La Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood beats himself beside others penitents taking part in an Easter procession known as 'Los Picaos' in the small village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, northern Spain on Friday, March 29, 2013.
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.