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Thousands visit Rome to celebrate Holy Week

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. BR/KLH CTVJM -MGZ