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AP Photos: Latam Catholics pay tribute to Christ

April 19, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are paying tribute to Jesus Christ in Holy Week traditions that go back centuries and range from religious processions to self-flagellation.

From Brazil to Haiti, the faithful staged processions that recreate the final days of Christ on Earth and held other religious events.

Residents of Antigua, Guatemala turned their town into a biblical Jerusalem complete with Roman soldiers on horseback and trumpets marking the coming of Christ. Residents prepared for months for their Holy Week celebrations, which include dozens of processions.

In the Mexican silver mining town of Taxco, dozens of men wearing hoods whipped themselves or bore heavy bundles of thorns in penitence, while church volunteers and homeless people in Sao Paulo, Brazil held a Way of the Cross procession.

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