Pilgrims journey to Jerusalem for Good Friday
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Christians from many countries flocked to Jerusalem on Friday, to follow the traditional Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows, marking the various spots in the city at which Jesus stopped, according to Christian tradition, on the way to his crucifixion on the hill of Calvary.
Some of the visitors carried large crosses, and others had crowns of thorns on their head.
Visitors from far-flung locales including Ireland, the Philippines, and the United States have been coming in numbers much higher than in previous years, when regular occurrences of violence caused travel to Israel to plummet.
"With the ceasefire and Arafat’s successor, there’s even less reason to worry," said 38-year-old Connon McCabe, from Dublin, Ireland.
"In the last 15 days, we’ve seen hundreds more visitors," said Muslim shopkeeper Hashim Melki. "I like having people in my shop again after four years," Melki said.
Israeli police estimated attendance at the event was about 3,500.
- "Pope John Paul II unable to lead Good Friday services" — Wikinews, March 26, 2005
- Kristen Stevens, Jerusalem. "Good Friday reveals some harmony in safer Israel" — , March 25, 2005
- "Pope manages to appear via video on Good Friday" — , March 25, 2005