Christians mark Good Friday

April 6, 2010 11:18:33 AM PDT
On Friday, Christians around the world observed the day they believe Jesus Christ died, with Pope Benedict XVI presiding over services at the Vatican. There, the pope led the Way of the Cross procession, a ceremony commemorating Christ's crucifixion

In Jerusalem, hundreds of Christians, many carrying crosses, walked on Via Dolorosa, or the "Way of Suffering." Believers focused on the ancient church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

In Chicago, hundreds marked Good Friday in Daley Plaza, by attending the sixth annual Way of the Cross service. Some Christians also carried crosses and marched in silence through downtown. The procession continued along Michigan Avenue, ending at Holy Name Cathedral in River North.

In north suburban Waukegan, Francis Cardinal George delivered a homily at Most Blessed Trinity Parish after a Living Stations of the Cross. He told the assembled crowd that such a vision of the cross on Good Friday reminds the faithful of how Jesus Christ accompanies them every moment of every day.