6 April 2012
Last updated at 21:09
Good Friday has been marked by Christians around the world. In Israel people carried a cross along the Via Dolorosa, the route taken by Jesus through Jerusalem on his way to the crucifixion.
As Good Friday dawned in Europe, penitents walked and sang during a procession in the Italian town of Sorrento.
Catholics carried a cross during a ceremony in the centre of Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In the Philippines, thousands of Catholic devotees gathered to watch re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus, an annual rite that many Church leaders discourage.
Elsewhere, penitents wore barbed wire crowns in a yearly spectacle that analysts say allows Church traditions to evoke Philippine folk rituals.
Re-enactments - minus the crucifixions - were also played out by Christian communities in India. Here, an actor in the southern city of Hyderabad takes on the role of Jesus during a Good Friday procession.
In Muslim-majority Indonesia, a 7m (23ft) zinc plate statue of Jesus Christ was fastened to a cross, festooned with flowers and formed the focus of a procession in the village of Kebonarum in central Java.
In Pakistan, minority Christians carried a cross through the streets of the south-western city of Quetta as part of their observances.
Catholics in the United States donned Roman costumes to re-enact the Stations of the Cross.
The Communist government in Cuba declared Good Friday a public holiday, following a request from Pope Benedict made during his recent visit.
A cross in front of the Coliseum in Rome is lit before the start of the Way of the Cross torchlit procession, and ahead of a speech by Pope Benedict.