Holy Week around the world

Pope Francis led Roman Catholics in Good Friday services under tight security, urging people, including ministers of his Church, to rediscover the capacity to feel shame for their role in the world’s ills.

Francis, 81, presided at a traditional Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession around Rome’s ancient Colosseum attended by 20,000 people on the day that Christians commemorate Jesus’ death by crucifixion.

Francis wove his comments, made at the end of the torchlight service, around the themes of shame and repentance, conjuring up the image of a modern world where pride, arrogance and selfishness often trump humility and generosity.

Good Friday, the most sombre day of the Christian liturgical calendar, commemorates the day the Bible says Jesus was crucified. The Way of the Cross service marks 14 events, called stations, from the time Roman governor Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus to death until his burial in a tomb. (Reuter)

As Christian around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, here’s ere are some of the images.

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<p>Worshippers take part in the procession of the Madonna della Vergine Desolata during the Holy Week in Canosa di Puglia, Italy, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters) </p>
Canosa di Puglia, Italy

Worshippers take part in the procession of the Madonna della Vergine Desolata during the Holy Week in Canosa di Puglia, Italy, March 31, 2018. (Photo: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)

<p>People wait for Pope Francis’ arrival for the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, in front of Rome’s Colosseum, Friday, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP) </p>
Rome, Italy

People wait for Pope Francis’ arrival for the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, in front of Rome’s Colosseum, Friday, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

<p>An Indian Christian hold a crucifix during a Good Friday procession in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Mahesh Kumar A./AP) </p>
Hyderabad, India

An Indian Christian hold a crucifix during a Good Friday procession in Hyderabad, India, Friday, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Mahesh Kumar A./AP)

<p>Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 30, 2018. 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. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP) </p>
St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican

Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 30, 2018. 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. (Photo: Andrew Medichini/AP)

<p>Ruben Enaje grimaces after gets nailed to the cross for the 32nd year in a row during a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings as part of Good Friday rituals in the village of San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga province, northern Philippines March 30, 2018. Thousands of Filipino Roman Catholic devotees and tourists descended Friday on a farming village north of Manila to witness the crucifixion of several men in a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings, a gory annual tradition church leaders frown upon. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP) </p>
San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga province, Philippines

Ruben Enaje grimaces after gets nailed to the cross for the 32nd year in a row during a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings as part of Good Friday rituals in the village of San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga province, northern Philippines March 30, 2018. Thousands of Filipino Roman Catholic devotees and tourists descended Friday on a farming village north of Manila to witness the crucifixion of several men in a reenactment of Jesus Christ’s sufferings, a gory annual tradition church leaders frown upon. (Photo: Aaron Favila/AP)

<p>Devotees dressed as Roman soldiers wait on horseback to join the Jesus of Nazareth Good Friday procession in Antigua, Guatemala, Friday, March 30, 2018. Residents of Antigua turn their town into a biblical Jerusalem complete with Roman soldiers on horseback and trumpets marking the coming of Christ. (Photo: Moises Castillo/AP) </p>
Antigua, Guatemala

Devotees dressed as Roman soldiers wait on horseback to join the Jesus of Nazareth Good Friday procession in Antigua, Guatemala, Friday, March 30, 2018. Residents of Antigua turn their town into a biblical Jerusalem complete with Roman soldiers on horseback and trumpets marking the coming of Christ. (Photo: Moises Castillo/AP)

<p>Girl scouts pose for a group photo at the third station of the Way of the Cross reenactment marking Good Friday, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 30, 2018. Thousands of Haitians are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by reenacting the Way of the Cross, visiting the 14 stations, each marking an event that befell Jesus Christ on his final journey. (Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP) </p>
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Girl scouts pose for a group photo at the third station of the Way of the Cross reenactment marking Good Friday, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, March 30, 2018. Thousands of Haitians are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by reenacting the Way of the Cross, visiting the 14 stations, each marking an event that befell Jesus Christ on his final journey. (Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

<p>Men known as “Nazarenes” rest aside their crosses that they carry in a religious procession marking Good Friday, in the neighborhood of Iztapalapa, in Mexico City, Friday, March 30, 2018. Every year hundreds of residents from this working-class neighborhood, carry crosses up a nearby hill, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion reenactment, in one of Mexico’s largest Holy Week celebrations. (Photo: Christian Palma/AP) </p>
Mexico City, Mexico

Men known as “Nazarenes” rest aside their crosses that they carry in a religious procession marking Good Friday, in the neighborhood of Iztapalapa, in Mexico City, Friday, March 30, 2018. Every year hundreds of residents from this working-class neighborhood, carry crosses up a nearby hill, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion reenactment, in one of Mexico’s largest Holy Week celebrations. (Photo: Christian Palma/AP)

<p>A penitent from the Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood, known as “Los Picaos”, whips his back with tied rope during Good Friday celebrations in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja, Spain, March 30, 2018.(Photo: Vincent West/Reuters) </p>
San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja, Spain

A penitent from the Santa Vera Cruz brotherhood, known as “Los Picaos”, whips his back with tied rope during Good Friday celebrations in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja, Spain, March 30, 2018.(Photo: Vincent West/Reuters)

<p>Community members carry a wooden cross on Good Friday to locations where people were killed by gun violence in Baltimore, Md., March 30, 2018. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters) </p>
Baltimore, Md.

Community members carry a wooden cross on Good Friday to locations where people were killed by gun violence in Baltimore, Md., March 30, 2018. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Reuters)

<p>A hooded penitent performs self-flagellation to atone for his sins during Good Friday Lenten rites in Cutud town, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) </p>
Cutud town, Pampanga province, Philippines

A hooded penitent performs self-flagellation to atone for his sins during Good Friday Lenten rites in Cutud town, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines, March 30, 2018. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

<p>Priests during a morning mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Grodno, Belarus on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018. Priests renew their vows during the mass. (Photo: Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Grodno, Belarus

Priests during a morning mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Grodno, Belarus on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018. Priests renew their vows during the mass. (Photo: Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Spanish legionnaires carry a statue of the Christ of Mena outside a church during a ceremony ahead of the Mena brotherhood procession during Holy Week, in Malaga, Spain, March 29, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Spanish legionnaires carry a statue of the Christ of Mena outside a church during a ceremony ahead of the Mena brotherhood procession during Holy Week, in Malaga, Spain, March 29, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)

<p>Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, performs the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City during Holy Week, March 29, 2018. (Photo: Corinna Kern/Reuters) </p>
Jerusalem

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, performs the Catholic Washing of the Feet ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City during Holy Week, March 29, 2018. (Photo: Corinna Kern/Reuters)

<p>Devotees protect themselves from the rain during a procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Calahorra, Spain

Devotees protect themselves from the rain during a procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>Indian Catholic Priest Father Jaya Raj celebrates mass during a Maundy Thursday service at the St. Alphonsus Church in Hyderabad on March 29, 2018. The ceremony commemorates the symbolic cleansing by Jesus Christ of his apostles at the last supper on the eve of his crucifixion. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Hyderabad, India

Indian Catholic Priest Father Jaya Raj celebrates mass during a Maundy Thursday service at the St. Alphonsus Church in Hyderabad on March 29, 2018. The ceremony commemorates the symbolic cleansing by Jesus Christ of his apostles at the last supper on the eve of his crucifixion. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man carries a cross during the procession of the “Nazareno de San Pablo” outside Santa Teresa Cathedral during Holy Week in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP) </p>
Caracas, Venezuela

A man carries a cross during the procession of the “Nazareno de San Pablo” outside Santa Teresa Cathedral during Holy Week in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Ariana Cubillos/AP)

<p>A devotee takes part during a procession of religious images during Holy Week celebrations in Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters) </p>
Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

A devotee takes part during a procession of religious images during Holy Week celebrations in Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters)

<p>A penitent prepares to take part in a procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Calahorra, Spain

A penitent prepares to take part in a procession of the “Santa Veracruz” brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Calahorra, northern Spain, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>Devotees carry a religious float with a statue of the Virgin Mary of Sorrow during the Jesus of Nazareth procession from La Merced church in downtown Guatemala City, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The procession is known as “La Resena” is one of the country’s earliest Catholic processions, the first being recorded in 1721. (Photo:Moises Castillo/AP) </p>
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Devotees carry a religious float with a statue of the Virgin Mary of Sorrow during the Jesus of Nazareth procession from La Merced church in downtown Guatemala City, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The procession is known as “La Resena” is one of the country’s earliest Catholic processions, the first being recorded in 1721. (Photo:Moises Castillo/AP)

<p>Penitents take part in the Procession del Nazareno as Easter processions take place throughout Spain during Holy Week, in Bilbao, Spain, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Vincent West/Reuters) </p>
Bilbao, Spain

Penitents take part in the Procession del Nazareno as Easter processions take place throughout Spain during Holy Week, in Bilbao, Spain, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Vincent West/Reuters)

<p>Penitents carry a weighted structure with a statue of Christ as they take part in the procession of “El Cautivo” brotherhood during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Penitents carry a weighted structure with a statue of Christ as they take part in the procession of “El Cautivo” brotherhood during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)

<p>A man dressed as a demon poses for a picture as he participates in a ceremony known as Los Talciguines, as part of religious activities to mark the start of the Holy Week in Texistepeque, El Salvador, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Jose Cabezas/Reuters) </p>
Texistepeque, El Salvador

A man dressed as a demon poses for a picture as he participates in a ceremony known as Los Talciguines, as part of religious activities to mark the start of the Holy Week in Texistepeque, El Salvador, March 26, 2018. (Photo: Jose Cabezas/Reuters)

<p>Women wearing a traditional mantilla wait to take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Women wearing a traditional mantilla wait to take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images)

<p>Penitents take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Penitents take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images)

<p>Penitents take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images) </p>
Malaga, Spain

Penitents take part in the procession of los Gitanos brotherhood during Holy Week on March 26, 2018 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo: Daniel Perez Garcia-Santos/Getty Images)

<p>A child from ‘La Vera Cruz’ brotherhood spreads incense ahead of the ‘paso’ during Easter Monday on March 26, 2018 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) </p>
Cordoba, Spai

A child from ‘La Vera Cruz’ brotherhood spreads incense ahead of the ‘paso’ during Easter Monday on March 26, 2018 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

<p>Penitents from ‘La Merced’ brotherhood walk to San Antonio de Padua Church to take part in a procession during Easter Monday on March 26, 2018 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) </p>
Cordoba, Spai

Penitents from ‘La Merced’ brotherhood walk to San Antonio de Padua Church to take part in a procession during Easter Monday on March 26, 2018 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

<p>Catholics prepare a donkey ahead of participating in the Palm Sunday procession at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, March 25, 2018. (Photo: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters) </p>
Managua, Nicaragua

Catholics prepare a donkey ahead of participating in the Palm Sunday procession at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua, March 25, 2018. (Photo: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters)

<p>Masked penitents take part in a Palm Sunday procession, in Zaragoza, northern Spain, Sunday, March 25, 2018. Hundreds of processions will be take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP) </p>
Zaragoza, Spain

Masked penitents take part in a Palm Sunday procession, in Zaragoza, northern Spain, Sunday, March 25, 2018. Hundreds of processions will be take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

<p>A Catholic faithful holds palm fronds during a Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, March 25, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters) </p>
Jerusalem

A Catholic faithful holds palm fronds during a Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, March 25, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)

<p>Palm frond vendors sit outside St. Pierre church during Palm Sunday Mass in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Sunday, March 25, 2018. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP) </p>
Petion-Ville, Haiti

Palm frond vendors sit outside St. Pierre church during Palm Sunday Mass in Petion-Ville, Haiti, Sunday, March 25, 2018. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (Photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

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