Thou­sands of pil­grims mark Palm Sun­day

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Thou­sands of Chris­tian pil­grims took part in Palm Sun­day cel­e­bra­tions in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week.

Wor­ship­pers car­ried palm fronds and olive branches and marched from the top of the Mount of Olives to the Old City of Jerusalem. Is­raeli po­lice say an es­ti­mated 15,000 peo­ple took part in the pro­ces­sion.

Palm Sun­day com­mem­o­rates Je­sus’ en­try into Jerusalem and is the start of the church’s most solemn week, which in­cludes the Good Fri­day re-en­act­ment of Je­sus’ cru­ci­fix­ion and death and his res­ur­rec­tion on Easter.

The pro­ces­sion made its way from the Mount of Olives past the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane where, ac­cord­ing to bib­li­cal tra­di­tion, Je­sus was be­trayed, then fi­nally into the al­ley­ways of the Old City.

In Vatican City, Pope Fran­cis warned against be­ing judg­men­tal and too full of one­self, in­clud­ing au­thor­i­ties in the Catholic church, in his Palm Sun­day homily dur­ing Mass in St. Peter’s Square, which was crowded with tens of thou­sands of pil­grims, tourists and Ro­mans.

The pope cau­tioned against the temp­ta­tion of “tri­umphal­ism,” which he said feeds it­self by “look­ing askance at oth­ers and con­stantly judg­ing them in­fe­rior, want­ing, fail­ures.” Fran­cis added that “one sub­tle form of tri­umphal­ism is spir­i­tual world­li­ness, which rep­re­sents the great­est dan­ger, the most treach­er­ous temp­ta­tion threat­en­ing the church.” He rec­om­mended hu­mil­ity as a way to counter such temp­ta­tions.

Fran­cis also in­vited peo­ple to pray for peace.

SE­BAS­TIAN SCHEINER AP

Chris­tian pil­grims carry palm fronds at the Church of the Holy Sepul­chre in Jerusalem's old city on Sun­day.

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