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.
On Good Friday, hundreds of pilgrims retraced the last journey of Jesus in the Old City of Jerusalem. Many Christians in Gaza, however, are still waiting for permits to take part in the Easter festivities.
Pope Francis has presided over the Via Crucis procession at Rome's Colosseum under tight security. He told the crowd he felt shame because future generations would inherit a world "fractured by divisions and wars."
The highest representative of the Catholic Church in Germany has urged reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. Cardinal Marx's remarks come as the issue of the place of Islam in Germany comes under renewed debate.
Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala at the peak of its bloody civil war in the early 1980s, has died at the age of 91 while under house arrest in Guatemala City. He was facing a retrial over genocide charges.
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