As one of the few cities in the Middle East where religious freedom exists, Jerusalem hosted massive Palm Sunday celebrations for Christian pilgrims over the weekend.
Faithful attending Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem at the start of the Holy Week.
"Joyful acclamations at Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation". Festive cries, followed by brutal torture.
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".
Palm Sunday marks the day the Bible plots Jesus's ride into Jerusalem where he was hailed by the crowd as a Messiah, only to be crucified days later. The Sandakan-born Archbishop also reminded devotees to keep their individual palm branches/leaves at home to serve as reminder of the passion and death of Jesus.
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Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.
At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace, particularly in the Holy Land and all of the Middle East.
Like every year the pope has a busy schedule this week.
The day ushers in Holy Week, which will include Way of the Cross processions around the world to commemorate the Passion, or suffering, of Jesus on Good Friday and his death by crucifixion.
The 82-year-old leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics leads an Easter vigil service on Saturday night and on Easter Sunday he reads the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.