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    Thousands of Christian pilgrims, some groaning under the weight of heavy wooden crosses, retraced Christ's last steps along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City in the traditional Good Friday procession.

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    Thousands of Christian pilgrims, some groaning under the weight of heavy wooden crosses, retraced Christ's last steps along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City in the traditional Good Friday procession.

    The pilgrims paused at each of the 14 Stations of the Cross to sing hymns and pray in a dozen languages as the Easter celebrations approached their climax.

    Splitting into various national groups, the pilgrims took two hours to make their way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Calvary. There, the latin Patriarch of jerusalem, Monsignor Giacomo Giuseppe Beltriti, celebrated the Office of tenebrae. The number of pilgrims was reportedly greater than last year.

    Although there were celebrations through night end on Saturday (1 April), the commemorations reach their peak on Easter Sunday (2 April) with a Pontifical mass marking the Resurrection.

    Jerusalem itself, despite the Middle East tensions, was filled with tourists and Israeli security precautions were inconspicuous. Civilian police guarded road intersections as the pilgrims began the sentence that sent Christ on his final journey to Calvary.

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Christian pilgrims retraced the steps of Christ's final journey along the Via dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City in the annual Good Friday procession. The procession had begun at the traditional site where Pontius Pilate pronounced the sentence that sent Christ on his final journey to Calvary. The number of pilgrims, who came from many countries, was said to be much larger than last year.

    The pilgrims stopped to sing hymns and pray at each of the 14 Stations of the Cross along the route.

    Jerusalem itself, despite the tensions in the Middle East, was filled with tourists and pilgrims. Security precautions taken by the israelis in the city for the fifth Easter celebrated under their control since the 1967 war, were notably inconspicuous. Only civilian police guarded road intersections as the procession made its way towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Calvary.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2YIXCE98TSQPK199IPH9TJUEH
    Media URN:
    VLVA2YIXCE98TSQPK199IPH9TJUEH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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