Thousands of Christian pilgrims mark Good Friday in Jerusalem's Old City

Thousands of Christians walked the stone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City to mark Good Friday, retracing the route Jesus took to his crucifixion. Some pilgrims carried wooden crosses as they walked the Via Dolorosa, or Way of Sorrows, stopping at 14 stations that mark events that befell Jesus as he was led to his death. Other pilgrims crowded into the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally the site of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. Some chanted hymns. Others prostrated themselves on a smooth stone slab marking the spot where Jesus' body was placed after being removed from the cross. Police said thousands of security personnel were deployed around Jerusalem because of Good Friday and Purim.