Holy Week 2015: Images From Around the World

See photos of Holy Week celebrations and services from around the world.

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Parishioners carry a statue of Jesus Christ during the "Risen Christ" procession during Holy Week celebrations in Ayacucho, Peru Sunday, April 5, 2015. After 10 days of religious celebrations a Mass is celebrated in the Ayacucho Cathedral at 4 in the morning, after that 300 people carry the throne of the "Risen Christ" and parade it around the perimeter of the Cathedral for an hour as it’s followed by thousands of believers.
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Eight-year-old Alba Oroz, wearing an angel costume takes part during the Easter Sunday ceremony ''Descent of the Angel'', during Holy Week in the small town of Tudela, northern Spain, Sunday, April 5, 2015.
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A worshipper throws petals of flowers during the "Hallelujah" procession during the Holy Week celebrations in the small town of Proenca-A-Velha, near Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal, Sunday, April 5, 2015. 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.
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Faithful build a human tower in the celebration of the "Jala Toro" or "Pull the Bull", during Holy Week in Ayacucho, Peru, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Ayacucho has large religious celebrations during the Holy Week. These celebrations also include processions, fireworks, horse races and the a running of the bulls.
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EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. 8 years old Alba Oroz, secured by a harness, is transported in the air, above the crowd as she unveils the face of a statue of the Virgin Mary, during the Easter Sunday ceremony ''Descent of the Angel'', during Holy Week in the small town of Tudela, northern Spain, Sunday, April 5, 2015.
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Parishioners jump over bonfires as they wait for the start of a procession during the Holy Week celebrations in Ayacucho, Peru, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Ayacucho has large religious celebrations during the Holy Week. These celebrations also include processions, fireworks, horse races and the a running of the bulls.
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Parishioners carry a statue of Jesus Christ during the "Risen Christ" procession during Holy Week celebrations in Ayacucho, Peru Sunday, April 5, 2015.
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Pope Francis salutes as he arrives for an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
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A Greek Orthodox woman holds a palm fond in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, during Orthodox Palm Sunday, in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Palm Sunday a week later than do Roman Catholic churches.
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People sit by a fire they lit by a relative's grave in a cemetery during a Orthodox Palm Sunday memorial for the departed in Herasti, southern Romania, early Sunday, April 5, 2015. Orthodox believers gather at midnight, light fires at the graves and share food in memory of their dead relatives.
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People crowd St. Peter's square as Pope Francis celebrates an Easter mass at the Vatican on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
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A statue of Jesus lays inside a glass case before the start of a Holy Week procession on Good Friday in Masaya, Nicaragua, Friday, April 3, 2015. Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion.
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Actor Lucas Valentim, right, plays the role of Jesus during a Passion of Christ procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday, April 3, 2015.
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Actor James Burke-Dunsmore is watched by members of the public as he portrays the part of Jesus Christ during a performance in Trafalgar Square in London on Friday, April 3, 2015.
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Smoke of burning incense flows while penitents take part in the "Estacion Penitencial de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno Cautivo" Holy Week procession in Arriate, Spain, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Pope Francis lies on the floor during a mass to celebrate the Lord's Passion, in St. Peter's basilica at the Vatican, Friday, April 3, 2015.
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Children dressed as angels lead a boy portraying Jesus Christ and his triumphant return to Jerusalem, in the Children's Holy Thursday Procession, in Tunja, Colombia, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Members of the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn lead the Way of the Cross procession over the Brooklyn Bridge on April 3, 2015 in New York City.
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Ultra-orthodox Jews prepare special matzoh, a traditional handmade Passover unleavened bread, at a bakery in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
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Women gather to take part in a Good Friday procession honoring "The Lord of Miracles", the patron saint of Lima, Peru, Friday, April 3, 2015.
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish family burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 3, 2015.
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Nuns hold candles during the Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Pope Francis Pope holds the book of Gospels as he presides over Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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Hooded penitents from "El Calvario" brotherhood take part during a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, April 1, 2015.
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Penitents carry an image of Jesus Christ as they take part in the "Procesion del Silencio" (Silence Procession) by the "Cristo de las Injurias" brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Zamora, Spain, April 1, 2015.
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Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he leaves after a Palm Sunday Mass he celebrated in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, March 29, 2015.
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Faithful crowd St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass, at the Vatican.
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Penitents take part in the "Procesion del Silencio" (Silence Procession) by the "Cristo de las Injurias" brotherhood, during the Holy Week in Zamora, Spain, April 1, 2015.
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Acolytes from "Jesus Despojado" brotherhood take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Sunday, March 29, 2015.
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A penitent casts his shadow as he takes part in "Nuestro Senor Atado a la Columna, Maria Santisima de la Paz y San Juan Evangelista" Holy Week procession in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain, March 31, 2015.
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Red flares burn while penitents of the Cristo de Viga brotherhood carrying a float with a cross take part in a Holy Week procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, March 30, 2015.
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A Mayan woman carries a bouquet of palm fronds as she leaves the San Francisco Catholic Church after attending the traditional Palm Sunday Mass, marking the start of Holy Week.
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Actors yell during a "Via Crucis," in a free interpretation performance of the catholic tradition at the Carlos Antonio Lopez park in Asuncion, Paraguay, March 31, 2015.
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A Christian nun holds a palm frond as she prays along with other devotees during a Palm Sunday mass at a church in Mumbai, India, March 29, 2015.
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A man carries away a sculpture of Jesus of Nazareth after it was paraded at a night time Holy Week procession in Puellaro, Ecuador, March 31, 2015. The procession, called in Spanish "Procesion de Andas," is an annual tradition held on each Tuesday of Easter week.
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A hooded penitent from"La Borriquita" brotherhood takes part during a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, March 29, 2015.
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