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Good Friday observed across the world with piety and solemnity
Across the world, Christian religious festival of Good Friday was celebrated on March 25 with gaiety and solemnity. The day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

In Vatican City, Pope Francis began three days of solemn observances leading to Easter Sunday. The Pope denounced extremists who indulge in terrorism as done by those who backed Judas against Jesus.

On March 24, he washed the feet of migrants, some of them Muslims to affirm that all were the children of the same God wanting to 'live together in peace'. At the Mass, the Pope blessed sacred oils to be used during the Easter vigil and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

The festival is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Good Friday is a holiday in most nations including India. The Catholic Church treats Good Friday as a fast day. The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord takes place in the afternoon.

The Good Friday liturgy consists of three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Veneration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. The most important is the Liturgy of the Word, which consists of the clergy and assisting ministers entering in complete silence, without any singing and making a full prostration.

The Adoration of the Cross consists of the ceremony  in which a crucifix is solemnly unveiled and displayed to the congregation, and then venerated by them amidst chanting of the Trisagion hymn are chanted followed by Holy Communion as the final part of Mass.

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