Christians observe Good Friday around the world
Pope Francis bows his heads and closes his eyes during the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession in Rome, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pope Francis presided over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome. The pope's resolve to focus the Catholic church's attention on those who suffer was reflected in meditations read aloud to commemorate Jesus' crucifixion.
Actor Israel Montenegro plays the part of Christ before his crucifixion while reenacting the Passion of Christ on a hill above La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, April 18, 2014. Bolivian Catholics joined Christians around the world in celebrating Holy Week and preparing for Easter Sunday.
A boy runs ahead a Good Friday procession in Aracataca, the hometown of late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Colombia's Caribbean coast, Friday, April 18, 2014.
A table with flowers stands on the street as part of Good Friday celebrations in Aracataca, the hometown of late Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Colombia's Caribbean coast, Friday, April 18, 2014. Since the author died Thursday at the age of 87, residents and holiday makers have been flocking to the home where he was born and raised by his maternal grandparents until the age of 8, paying their final respects to a man who was a symbol of pride for a country long torn by violence.
Female penitents called "Veronicas" participate in a Good Friday procession carrying an image of Jesus in Quito, Ecuador, Friday, April 18, 2014. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
A woman prays during a pilgrimage to Calvaire Miracle Mount, marking Good Friday in Ganthier, Haiti, Friday, April 18, 2014. Thousands of Haitians traveled to Ganthier, a small town east of Port-au-Prince where pilgrims hiked across the surrounding mountains. These were dotted with Stations of the Cross, depictions of the final hours in Jesus? life.
Serbian pilgrims carry crosses during Good Friday in Jerusalem Friday, April 18, 2014, as Christians commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
An altar boy carries a statue of Jesus Christ during a Good Friday procession in Panama City, Friday, April 18, 2014. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
A man performs during the Passion of Christ in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 18, 2014. Christians all over the world are marking Good Friday to commemorate the day Jesus was crucified.
A Filipino devotee grimaces as he is nailed to a cross to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Santa Lucia village, Pampanga province, northern Philippines on Friday, April 18, 2014. Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic devotion with folk belief, but the annual rites continue to draw participants and huge crowds.
Incense smoke fills the sanctuary in the St. Joseph Abbey Church, during the adoration of the holy cross while celebrating the Lord's Passion on Good Friday near Covington, La., Friday, April 18, 2014.
Church volunteers and homeless people participate in a Way of the Cross procession, as a homeless man lies on the ground in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, April 18, 2014.
Penitents of the Jesus Nazareno brotherhood pass by a lingerie shop as they take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain Friday, April 18, 2014. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.