Pope presides over Good Friday amid increased security

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".Will have a feeling or something that's just pulling at them to say, I need to involved with people that are working against racism".

University student and club president, Justin Hiew reflected, "I am really glad to be able to celebrate Good Friday and Easter with this church for the third year in a row".

Franciscan Spirituality Center Associate and Spiritual Director Steve Spilde says the walk is a flawless way to honor Jesus on Good Friday. Those marching said they want to call attention to the many social evils that still plague communities, all over the world. The Christmas event attracts upwards of 25,000 people.

Almost every time a Francis interview has appeared on Repubblica's front page, the Vatican press office has insisted the pope's words were not necessarily accurate, without denying them outright.

Another passer-by, Eric, who was also happy to see the re-enactment, said: "Is come I come up and buck up inna this".

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Parishioners walked a one-mile path to The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg. Those who took part dressed as Roman soldiers as well as followers of Jesus. As the stations progressed through town, scenes showed Jesus carrying his cross, being beaten, falling down and being embraced by his mother Mary. The rest of the day is spent in reflection, prayer and fasting.

The 14 stations alternated between Spanish and English, as Father Daniel Maxwell narrated the scenes and compared them to elements of modern-day followers' lives.

"On Saturday we wait, the bible tells us that Jesus is dead", he added.

"Jesus Christ is our hope".

Three days after the observance of Christ's death on the cross on Good Friday, Christians celebrate his resurrection Easter Sunday, the day Christians believe promises resurrection for those who die.