Good Friday 2012
April 6, 2012 by staff
Good Friday 2012, Christians around the world are gathering to commemorate the death of Jesus, who they believe was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday.
Good Friday marks the day that Jesus ate his last supper, according to the Gospels, hours before he was betrayed by his apostle Judas and condemned to death.
It is a solemn day for the faithful as they reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of mankind.
Good Friday around the world
Palestinian Catholics in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, just west of Bethlehem, re-enacted the 14 stations of the cross in olive groves and vineyards to protest Israel’s construction of settlements and separation barriers.
In Jerusalem’s Old City, Roman Catholics and Protestants marched in processions and led prayers.
In a Dublin church, the names of 3,700 dead from Northern Ireland’s conflict were read aloud on the 14th anniversary of the Good Friday peace agreement, an annual ceremony designed to underscore the scope of lives lost during the past 46 years of bloodshed over the British territory.
In Pakistan, Christians carried a cross through the streets of the southwestern city of Quetta. In the village of Kebonarum, Indonesia a seven-metre zinc plate statue of Jesus Christ was fastened to a cross.
Eastern Orthodox Christians follow a different calendar and will mark Good Friday next week.
In Vatican City, Pope Benedict washed the feet of the faithful during a Holy Thursday mass. Reuters reports that he also restated the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on women priests and reprimanded clerics who stray from fundamental teachings.
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