As Christians celebrated Easter around the world, pilgrims have been flocking to two centres in particular--Rome and the Holy Land.
SV Cross being carried in procession
CU Sign "Via Dolorosa"
MV PAN Pilgrims along street
CU Sign "Holy Sepulchre"
TV PAN Pilgrims entering church
ZOOM OUT FROM Cross on Church roof to boy drummer
CUs Penitents in hoods carrying candles (2 shots)
MV & CU Statue of Virgin Mary being carried (3 shots)
MV Statue of Christ being carried
SV Pope carrying cross
LV ZOOM INTO MV Pope giving blessing
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Background: As Christians celebrated Easter around the world, pilgrims have been flocking to two centres in particular--Rome and the Holy Land.
In Rome on Good Friday (12 April), Pope Paul commemorated the agony and crucifixion of Christ by carrying a four-foot (1.30 metre) long wooden cross along the Palatine Hill overlooking the Roman Colosseum. Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world attended the ceremony -- the traditional Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross.
The message from the 76-year-old Pontiff reminded Christians: "The first lesson for us from the Way of the Cross is an unpleasant and violent call to our awareness, reverence and feeling for the agonizing suffering of Christ and fellow men."
In Jerusalem, meantime, thousands more pilgrims made the traditional Good Friday procession to Calvary, the place of Christ's crucifixion. They, too, walked the Way of the Cross -- Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa.
Some pilgrims carried heavy wooden crosses on the two-mile (3 km) walk to Calvary.
This Easter round-up includes a very different Good Friday celebration from Spain. In the south-eastern town of Hellin, once the traditional penitents' procession is over, the town echoes to the beating of drums.
As many as 8,000 drummers took to the streets this year beating their ornately decorated drums, which can cost up to GBP 300 starling and are used only during Easter. Nowadays, many of the people involved take part in the night-long drumming as a form of penitence. But the origin of the tradition dates back centuries, to when villagers warded off occupying Arab forces by beating drums to give the impression that a large Catholic Army was in the town.