Hundreds of Christians are marking the crucifixion of Jesus in the Holy Land.
Worshippers have packed Jerusalemâ€™s Holy Sepulcher church, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified, buried and resurrected, for a morning mass that started Good Friday events.
Roman Catholics and Protestants will walk in processions following Jesusâ€™ footsteps in Jerusalemâ€™s Old City later in the day. And a mass at a church in Bethlehem, built atop the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, takes place in the evening.
Pilgrims and tourists from around the world descend on holy sites in Jerusalem for Easter week.
Christians believe Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on Easter Sunday. Orthodox Christians, who follow the older, Julian calendar, will this year mark Good Friday in May.