April 7, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Tens of thousands of people made their way to Rome this month to take part in all the celebrations that mark Holy Week.
In fact, during this time, the number of pilgrims visiting the Eternal City actually double. People from all corners of the world come to honor the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
On Palm Sunday, St. Peter's Square was especially decorated for the
occasion. Along with thousands of young adults, Benedict XVI marked
Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The following Monday, the Pope welcomed roughly 3,000 youths from Spain
at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. The group took part in the last World
Youth Day in Madrid, so it decided to thank the Pope by paying him a
visit. The Pope told the crowd, he was especially touched by the
Stations of the Cross that were performed in Madrid.
Many pilgrims took advantage of their time in Rome, by visiting
traditional sites that are connected with the Passion of Christ.
For example, the famous Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, which some believe,
were transported from Jerusalem. Many people climb them on their knees
to remember the journey Jesus made.
And then, there's also the Basilica of the Santa Croce in Jerusalem,
which according to tradition, has several relics from Jesus' Passion.
Items like the inscripted tablet placed at the top of the Cross. Also,
thorns similar to those used in his crown, and even the nails used
during his Crucifixion.
Even though it's not known if these relics are in fact genuine, there is
no doubt, they help many pilgrims remember the Passion, Death and
Resurrection of Jesus.