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Holy Week

Top Pictures - 21 Apr 2014
A selection of our best photos over Holy Week.
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April 16, 2014
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela, northern...
Santiago De Compostela, Spain
A penitent takes part in procession of "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain April 16, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
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April 20, 2014
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter...
Vatican, Vatican City
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter...
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 20, 2014. Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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April 19, 2014
Worshippers react to a beam of sunlight filtering from the ceiling as they take part in the Christian...
Jerusalem, Israel
Worshippers react to a beam of sunlight as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony...
Worshippers react to a beam of sunlight filtering from the ceiling as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 19, 2014
Russian Orthodox priests attend an Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, April...
Moscow, Russia
Russian Orthodox priests attend an Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow
Russian Orthodox priests attend an Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, April 20, 2014. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 18, 2014
An actor playing the role of Jesus Christ hangs from a cross during the re-enactment of the crucifixion...
Lima, Peru
An actor hangs from a cross during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Holy Week...
An actor playing the role of Jesus Christ hangs from a cross during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Holy Week at Mi Peru, a shanty town on the outskirts of Lima April 17, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY)
PHILIPPINES
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April 18, 2014
Penitent Danilo Ramos grimaces in pain as he is nailed to a wooden cross during the reenactment of the...
Pampanga, Philippines
Penitent Danilo Ramos grimaces in pain as he is nailed to a wooden cross during the reenactment of the...
Penitent Danilo Ramos grimaces in pain as he is nailed to a wooden cross during the reenactment of the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in San Fernando, Pampanga in northern Philippines April 18, 2014. Penitents are nailed to wooden crosses on Good Friday which is the most extreme display of religious devotion in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 18, 2014
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti, or beaters, are seen on a wall during a procession...
Verbicaro, Italy
Bloody handprints of penitents called battenti, or beaters, are seen on a wall during a procession through...
The bloody handprints of penitents called battenti, or beaters, are seen on a wall during a procession through the streets in the town of Verbicaro, southern Italy April 18, 2014. The bleeding penitents walk in groups of three through the streets and stop in front of all the churches and chapels in the town. The tradition began in the thirteenth century and serves as penitence for Christ's death.
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 18, 2014
Pope Francis lies prostrate as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion in Saint Peter's...
Vatican City, Vatican City
Pope Francis lies prostrate as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion in Saint Peter's...
Pope Francis lies prostrate as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord's Passion in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
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April 17, 2014
Catholics leave the San Antonio de Padua church with a statue of Jesus Nazareno, for a procession known...
San Jose, Costa Rica
Catholics leave the San Antonio de Padua church with a statue of Jesus Nazareno, for a procession known...
Catholics leave the San Antonio de Padua church with a statue of Jesus Nazareno, for a procession known as "Jesus Nazareno of the tapes", during Holy Week in Cot de Cartago, west of San Jose, April 16, 2014. According to Jorge Masis, a priest at the church, people tie ribbons to the statue to symbolize promises they make to Jesus during Holy Week. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate (COSTA RICA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 17, 2014
A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu,...
Bucharest, Romania
Woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu
A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, southwest of Bucharest, early morning April 17, 2014. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romanian tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Christian Orthodox majority will celebrate Easter on April 20 together with Catholic believers. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel (ROMANIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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April 17, 2014
Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 17,...
Jerusalem, Israel
Christian worshippers pray outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City
Christian worshippers pray inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2014. The period around Holy Week and the upcoming Easter holiday draws pilgrims from around the globe to Jerusalem, home to some of Christianity's most important sites. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
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April 16, 2014
A penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood holds a mobile phone under his hood as he takes part in a Holy...
Seville, Spain
A penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood a mobile phone under his hood as he takes part in a Holy Week procession...
A penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood holds a mobile phone under his hood as he takes part in a Holy Week procession in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. Picture taken April 14. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
PERU/
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April 16, 2014
An inmate depicting Jesus performs the crucifixion scene in the theatre play "Jesus Christ Superstar"...
Lima, Peru
An inmate depicting Jesus performs the crucifixion scene in the theatre play "Jesus Christ Superstar"...
An inmate depicting Jesus performs the crucifixion scene in the theatre play "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Sarita Colonia prison yard, ahead of Holy Week celebrations, in Lima April 15, 2014. The play was held to encourage the inmates in their rehabilitation process, according to the prison's press release. Sarita Colonia's population is made up of 3,113 inmates, out of which 472 are foreigners. Picture taken April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil (PERU - Tags: RELIGION CRIME LAW)
PHILIPPINES
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April 14, 2014
A penitent called "Morion" checks his mobile phone in Mogpog town on Marinduque island in central Philippines...
Marinduque, Philippines
A penitent called "Morion" checks his mobile phone in Mogpog town on Marinduque island in central Philippines...
A penitent called "Morion" checks his mobile phone in Mogpog town on Marinduque island in central Philippines April 14, 2014. During the annual festival, masked and costumed penitents called "Moriones" dress in attire that is the local interpretation of what Roman soldiers wore during biblical times. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
SPAIN/
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April 14, 2014
Penitents walk on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of San Gonzalo brotherhood...
Seville, Spain
Penitents walk on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of San Gonzalo brotherhood...
Penitents walk on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of San Gonzalo brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 13, 2014
Children take part in a religious procession to mark Palm Sunday in St. Petersburg April 13, 2014. More...
St. Petersburg, Russia
Children take part in a religious procession to mark Palm Sunday in St. Petersburg
Children take part in a religious procession to mark Palm Sunday in St. Petersburg April 13, 2014. More than 2000 children from Orthodox religious schools, cadets of the Suvorov military school and the Nakhimov naval school took part in a religious procession and a liturgy at St. Isaac's Cathedral. Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE
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April 20, 2014
Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral...
Kiev, Ukraine
Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral...
Ukrainian Orthodox priests conduct a holy liturgy during an Orthodox Easter service in Mikhailovsky Cathedral in Kiev early April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko (UKRAINE - Tags: RELIGION)
PHILIPPINES
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April 20, 2014
A family helps bury a boy in sand at a beach to celebrate Easter Sunday, near Manila Bay in Cavite province...
Cavite, Philippines
A family helps bury a boy in sand at a beach to celebrate Easter Sunday in Cavite
A family helps bury a boy in sand at a beach to celebrate Easter Sunday, near Manila Bay in Cavite province April 20, 2014. Filipinos flocked to beaches traditionally on Easter Sunday after commemorating Lent in the predominant Roman Catholic country, local media reported. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 19, 2014
A man blocks a punch during a bare-knuckle fight at a boxing ring in the village of Chivarreto in the...
Guatemala City, Guatemala
A man blocks a punch during a bare-knuckle fight at a boxing ring in the village of Chivarreto
A man blocks a punch during a bare-knuckle fight at a boxing ring in the village of Chivarreto in the Totonicapan region, northwest of Guatemala City, April 18, 2014. Bare-knuckle fights are held traditionally in Chivarreto on Good Friday during Holy Week for more than 100 years, and according to the communitarian authorities of Chivarreto, they are not meant to promote violence but treated as a sport that is integral to the culture of this place. More than 100 fights are held on Good Friday every year.
REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: RELIGION SPORT BOXING SOCIETY)
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April 18, 2014
Members of the Italian community practise carrying their crosses before they take part in a re-enactment...
Bensheim, Germany
Members of the Italian community practise carrying their crosses before they take part in a re-enactment...
Members of the Italian community practise carrying their crosses before they take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Bensheim, southwest of Frankfurt, April 18, 2014. Thousands of spectators watched the yearly Passion Play performed by about 100 laity actors. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PORTUGAL/
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April 18, 2014
Worshippers attend the re-enactment of the "Stations of the Cross" during a procession on Good Friday...
Ourem, Portugal
Worshippers attend the re-enactment of the "Stations of the Cross" during a procession on Good Friday...
Worshippers attend the re-enactment of the "Stations of the Cross" during a procession on Good Friday in Ourem, central Portugal April 18, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante (PORTUGAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHILE-FIRE/
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April 18, 2014
A man carries a crucifix during a re-enactment of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) during Good Friday...
Valparaiso, Chile
A man carries a crucifix during a re-enactment of the Via Crucis during Good Friday celebrations in Valparaiso...
A man carries a crucifix during a re-enactment of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) during Good Friday celebrations in one of the affected areas after a fire burned several neighbourhoods in the hills in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, April 18, 2014. Deadly forest fires in Valparaiso have killed at least 15 people, consumed 2,693 acres (1,090 hectares) and burned 2,900 homes, with 12,500 casualties. Fed by high temperatures and strong winds, the flames moved from forest areas at the top of the city on Saturday night and destroyed large swaths of predominantly low-income, wooden houses. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY DISASTER RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ISRAEL/
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April 17, 2014
Jewish worshippers covered with prayer shawls take part in a special priestly blessing for Passover at...
Jerusalem, Israel
Jewish worshippers take part in priestly blessing for Passover at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old...
Jewish worshippers covered with prayer shawls take part in a special priestly blessing for Passover at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION)
PHILIPPINES
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April 13, 2014
Pupils sing religious hymn "Hossana" as they toss confetti from the balcony of a house during Palm Sunday...
Marinduque, Philippines
Pupils sing religious hymn "Hossana" as they toss confetti during Palm Sunday in Mogpog town on Marinduque...
Pupils sing religious hymn "Hossana" as they toss confetti from the balcony of a house during Palm Sunday in Mogpog town on Marinduque island in central Philippines April 13, 2014. Filipino Roman Catholics flock to churches with palm fronds as they observe Palm Sunday, marking the start of Holy Week. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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April 13, 2014
A Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during the Palm...
Jerusalem, Israel
A Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during the Palm...
A Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during the Palm Sunday procession April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
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April 15, 2014
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Silencio y la Santa Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week...
Oviedo, Spain
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Silencio y la Santa Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week...
A penitent takes part in the procession of the "Silencio y la Santa Cruz" brotherhood during Holy Week in Oviedo, northern Spain April 15, 2014. Hundreds of processions take place round-the-clock during Holy Week in Spain, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 16, 2014
Penitents of the El Perdon (Forgiveness) brotherhood hold lights as they take part in a Holy Week procession...
Almeria, Spain
Penitents of the El Perdon brotherhood hold lights as they take part in a Holy Week procession in Almeria...
Penitents of the El Perdon (Forgiveness) brotherhood hold lights as they take part in a Holy Week procession in Almeria, southeast Spain April 15, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. Picture taken April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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April 14, 2014
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Seville, Spain
A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during...
ATTENTION EDITORS: SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN

A woman and a boy look from a window as a penitent of San Gonzalo brotherhood walks past them during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 13, 2014
A penitent walks past a woman on his way to a church before taking part in the procession of "La Borriquita"...
Seville, Spain
A penitent walks past a woman on his way to a church before taking part in the procession of "La Borriquita"...
A penitent walks past a woman on his way to a church before taking part in the procession of "La Borriquita" brotherhood on Palm Sunday in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 13, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 16, 2014
A young penitent waits to start the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela,...
Santiago De Compostela, Spain
A young penitent waits to start the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela...
A young penitent waits to start the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain April 16, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 15, 2014
A penitent walks before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba, southern...
Madrid, Spain
A penitent walks before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba
A penitent walks before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba, southern Spain, April 15, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 15, 2014
A penitent looks on before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba, southern...
Madrid, Spain
A penitent looks on before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba
A penitent looks on before the procession of "La Sangre" brotherhood during Holy Week in Cordoba, southern Spain, April 15, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 14, 2014
A penitent holds the hood of another on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of...
Seville, Spain
A penitent holds the hood of another on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of...
A penitent holds the hood of another on their way to a church before taking part in the procession of San Gonzalo brotherhood during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 14, 2014. Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
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April 13, 2014
Penitents take part in the "Prendimiento" brotherhood's Palm Sunday procession in Malaga, southern Spain,...
Malaga, Spain
Penitents take part in the "Prendimiento" brotherhood's Palm Sunday procession in Malaga
Penitents take part in the "Prendimiento" brotherhood's Palm Sunday procession in Malaga, southern Spain, April 13, 2014. Hundreds of Easter processions take place round-the-clock during Holy Week in Spain, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: RELIGION)
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