Orthodox Christians Mark Good Friday
The Associated Press
Christians Orthodox gathering at Saint Nicolas (Saint Nicolas) church for a special ceremony commemorating the funeral procession of Jesus Christ on Orthodox Christian Good Friday in Lakatamia, a suburd of Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, April 13, 2012. Orthodox Christians are observing Holy Week before celebrating Easter on Sunday.
Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Good Friday last week, according to the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox churches follow the older, Julian calendar, and they are marking the holy day this week.
Pilgrims are visiting from Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine and other eastern European countries. About 2,500 Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt are also in the Holy Land this year, according to figures from Israel's Interior Ministry. For decades, their recently deceased pope prevented pilgrimages to the Holy Land to protest Israeli policies toward Palestinians.
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