PHOTOS: Christians celebrate Holy Week around the world

A Catholic nun holds an olive branch during a Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. (photo credit:REUTERS)

During the time between Palm Sunday and Easter, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week, commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ with celebrations, reenactments and feasts.

Holy Week occurs during the last week of lent and includes Palm Sunday, Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The week commemorates the death of Jesus Christ and his ascension to heaven, which occurs on Easter Sunday.

In Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, hundreds of worshipers marched through the Old City holding traditional Palm tree branches. In Vatican city, the Pope spoke of religious persecution as extremism infiltrates the Middle Eastern Christian world. In Lebanon, Christians marched through the streets to commemorate the path of Jesus. Various other celebrations occurred in Spain and Russia, as well as every other corner of the globe where Christians reside…

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This from the Financial Times:

Vatican PopePope Francis presides over Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican. Gregorio Borgia/AP