Orthodox pilgrims in Jerusalem for Good Friday, Easter ceremonies
April 13, 2012
Thousands of Orthodox Christians gathered in Jerusalem on April 13 for Good Friday observances.
The Orthodox, who follow the Julian calendar, are observing Holy Week one week later than Catholics this year. This year, the Orthodox observance of Good Friday coincides with the Jewish celebration of the last day of Passover.
The Orthodox pilgrims in Jerusalem included a large number of Egyptian Copts, who had been discouraged from traveling to Israel in previous years by the late Pope Shenouda III. The Coptic leader died in March; his successor has not yet been chosen.