AP PHOTOS: Vatican, Holy Land mark Palm Sunday

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Photo - Palestinian Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday at Gaza's Church of Saint Porphyrius, named after the 5th century bishop of Gaza, in Gaza City, Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Palm Sunday marks for Christians, Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path. There are approximately 2500 Christians among an overall  Palestinian population of more than 1.7 million in Gaza. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday at Gaza's Church of Saint Porphyrius, named after the 5th century bishop of Gaza, in Gaza City, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Palm Sunday marks for Christians, Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path. There are approximately 2500 Christians among an overall Palestinian population of more than 1.7 million in Gaza. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Around the world, Christians are marking Palm Sunday with waving fronds, processions and prayer.

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, when palm branches were strewn before him, before his crucifixion.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he hopped off his popemobile to pose for "selfies" with young people in the crowd.

In Jerusalem, worshippers prayed at Deir El Sultan in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.

Here's a gallery of Associated Press images showing celebrations marking Palm Sunday around the world.

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