Pope leads Palm Sunday service in Vatican, mass takes place in Jerusalem

Pope Francis led Palm Sunday services at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Basilica was empty due to COVID restrictions. In Jerusalem however, the picture was different. As more than half of Israel's population had been vaccinated, people were allowed to come out to pray
 

Palm Sunday service

Pope Francis led services in St Peter's Basilica on March 28.

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Start of the Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week and leads to Easter

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Pope braves pain

During the service in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis was seen walking with a pronounced limp. The Pope suffers from Sciatica, the pain of which makes it harder for him to walk.

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Scenes from Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, Christian worshippers turned out in large numbers. The photo shows Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa walking along Christian worshippers and the clergy holding palm fronds during a procession
 

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Clergy carry palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City
 

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Faithful gather in prayer

Nuns and Christian worshippers hold palm fronds during a Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City

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