Easter In Latin America: Photos From Semana Santa Celebrations Across Hispanic World (SLIDESHOW)

Easter and Holy Week In Latin America

Semana Santa celebrations across the world came to a close with the arrival of Easter Sunday, a major holiday in Latin America -- the region with the most Catholics in the world.

Pope Francis called for peace in the Middle East during his first Easter mass. Afterwards, he went for a ride in an open-topped popemobile, where one of his admirers left him with a distinctly Argentine gift. According to the Associated Press:

One admirer of both the pope and of the pope's favorite soccer team, Argentina's Saints of San Lorenzo, insisted that Francis take a team jersey he was waving at the pontiff. A delighted Francis obliged, briefly holding up the shirt, and the crowd roared in approval.

The faithful have marked Holy Week across the Hispanic world with colorful processions, reenactments of the death and rebirth of Jesus Christ, and, among some of the more traditional Catholics, rituals of self-flagellation.

See how Catholics across Latin America and Spain marked Easter and Holy Week in the slideshow above, and let us know how you celebrated the holiday in the comments.



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