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AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

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Photo - Portraying Jesus Christ a man takes part in a Way of the Cross procession, at the St. Isidoro Agricola church in Palermo, Sicily, Friday, April 18, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)
Portraying Jesus Christ a man takes part in a Way of the Cross procession, at the St. Isidoro Agricola church in Palermo, Sicily, Friday, April 18, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)
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Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

In the Philippines, Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation commemorated the occasion by re-enacting the crucifixion. Devotees have themselves nailed to wooden crosses, rituals that church leaders do not condone but that draw huge crowds. Undeterred, some penitents participate in the practice year after year.

Devotees undergo the re-enactment in the belief that extreme pain is a way to atone for their sins, attain miracle cures for illnesses or give thanks to God.

In the Holy Land, Christians marked the day with prayers and processions, with thousands of pilgrims crowding along the Via Dolorosa, or "Way of Suffering," carrying wooden crosses.

They end at the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Tradition says the church was built on the site where Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Here are some photos from Good Friday commemorations around the world:

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