Several countries have begun the Easter weekend with religious processions. Thousands participate or attend to watch the spectacle. Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Friday Mass and attend the Way of the Cross procession.
Faced with a Good Friday dancing ban, protesters in Germany are calling for more separation between church and state. Religious leaders, however, aren't being swayed on the "Tanzverbot."
Large crowds gathered to experience the Way of the Cross procession at the historic landmark. The procession took place this year under exceptionally high security.
A British woman in her early 20s has died after being stabbed by a Palestinian man in Jerusalem. Thousands of Christians and Jews were celebrating Good Friday and Passover in the city at the time of the attack.
Tight security and grief have cast a shadow on Easter Mass services for Egypt's Coptic Christians just days after 45 people died in twin church bombings. The militant "Islamic State" group claimed the Palm Sunday blasts.
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