May 24, 2019
Latest News

Christians flock to Jerusalem for Good Friday

By Joan Mas Autonell

Jerusalem, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Christians from across the world packed the narrow streets of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday for the traditional procession down the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus walked to the site of his crucifixion.

Israeli police were out in force as pilgrims made the Stations of the Cross on a bright sunny day in the Holy City.

The procession, led by Franciscan monks, made its way in solemn silence from the Ecce Homo Arch to the Church of the Flagellation, where Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus Christ to death, according to the Gospels.

At each of the stations, three of the Franciscans explained the significance of the spot in English, Spanish and Italian.

Monks provided a continual recitation of prayers in Latin as they shepherded the pilgrims toward the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the most sacred place in Christianity, where Jesus was crucified.

Prayers in Arabic from members of Jerusalem's Palestinian Christian community also rang out.

"We Christians are a minority in this country, but during these days, with the arrival of pilgrims from everywhere, we are enveloped (by the Christian visitors) us and we feel that Christianity is something global," Marianna Musleh, a 25-year-old resident of the Old City's Christian quarter, told EFE.

For many of the faithful, the Via Crucis represents a spiritual journey, a singular event among the various Easter festivities.

"Spiritually, I felt a lot of things that I cannot express, it has been the biggest experience of my life," Socorro Morales, who traveled from Mexico to take part in the procession, told EFE while resting in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

For others, such as Monsignor Domenico d'Ambrosio, archbishop of the Italian city of Lecce, taking part in the Via Crucis in Jerusalem for the 26th time, the Good Friday walk serves to reinforce his faith.

"Coming here means to see life itself once more and to remember what Jesus Christ suffered and did for us," the prelate said, adding that the experience "becomes a kind of trial" for people wanting "to follow the road of Jesus."

Once at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Franciscans withdrew, leaving the pilgrims to reflect on their experience.

In a city like Jerusalem, sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims Islam, Easter often overlaps with other religious observances.

This year, Good Friday coincides with the start of Passover, the holiday commemorating the departure of Jews from Egypt after being liberated from slavery. And the Via Crucis procession began before the Friday prayers at mosques in the Holy City.

jma/ta/sdh/dr

News history
Kenya's High Court upholds law criminalizing same-sex relations

Nairobi, May 24 (efe-epa).- Kenya's High Court on Friday declined to decriminalize same-sex relations, which can carry a prison sentence of up to 14 years,...

Global climate change school strikes hit record number

Stockholm, May 24 (efe-epa).- Thousands of schoolchildren around the world walked out of their classrooms on Friday in what organizers say were the biggest...

Senior cleric among three killed in Kabul mosque explosion

Kabul, May 24 (efe-epa).- A bomb blast inside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Friday killed three people, including a prominent religious scholar who was...

Ethnic minorities represented for 1st time in Thai parliament with Hmong MP

By Carlos Sardiña Galache

Filipino natives forced out of their ancestral lands by Chinese capital

By Sara Gómez Armas

Taiwan holds Asia's first same-sex marriages

Taipei, May 24 (efe-epa).- Around 20 same-sex couples on Friday registered their marriage officially at the Household Registration Office in Taipei, the...

US hospital ship to assist 11 countries in response to Venezuelan crisis

Miami, USA, May 23 (efe-epa).- A United States Navy hospital ship will provide medical assistance to 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries in response...

Voice of female Mesaharati calls out in Cairo each dawn of Ramadan

By Carles Grau Sivera

Botswana lifts elephant hunting ban

Johannesburg, May 23 (efe-epa).- Botswana, the country with the largest population of elephants in the world, has lifted a ban on hunting these animals...

Thousands of Jews celebrate Lag BaOmer festival with music, bonfires

Mount Meron, Israel, May 22 (efe-epa).- With songs, dances and bonfires nearly half a million Jews on Wednesday marked the celebration of Lag BaOmer on...

Massive seaweed influx in Cancun's hotel zone

Cancun, Mexico, May 22 (efe-epa).- The hotel zone along the beaches in the Mexican resort city of Cancun on Wednesday experienced a massive influx of...

Geneva, May 22 (efe-epa).- Venezuela's health minister said here Wednesday that economic sanctions imposed by Washington are to blame for shortages of...

Remains of Jewish Holocaust victims reburied in Belarus

Brest (Belarus), May 22 (efe-epa).- Human remains believed to have belonged to 1,214 Jewish victims of the Holocaust were reburied in a cemetery in...

WHO to reduce snakebite mortality rate, health crisis, by half with new plan

By Clea House

Afghan amputee boy dreams a better future by becoming a doctor

Baber Khan Sahel

Lack of diverse global diet takes toll on biodiversity

By Belén Delgado

Internal review reveals sexual assault cases in New Zealand parliament

Sydney, Australia, May 22 (efe-epa).- The New Zealand parliament on Wednesday admitted that at least three cases of serious sexual assault had taken place...

Hundreds protest against anti-abortion laws at US Supreme Court

Washington, May 21 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday in front of the US Supreme Court to protest against the laws passed this year banning...

Plastic waste being made into ecologically friendly houses in western Mexico

By Mariana Gonzalez

Mexican scientist works to find mysterious fish using DNA

By Zoilo Carrillo

Brazil's Candomble religion battles rising intolerance

By Maria Angalica Troncoso

Dr. AI comes to aid of China’s ailing healthcare

By Paula Escalada Medrano

Abortion remains a stigma for South Korean women despite decriminalization

By Andres Sanchez Braun

Australian voters turned their backs on the threat of climate change

By Rocío Otoya

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.