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Pope John Paul II carrys a two-meter high cross during the first part of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession around the Colosseum, in Rome April 5. The 75-year-old pope led the traditional Good Friday ceremony around the candle-lit amphitheatre where early Christians were martyred, but for the second year running, he walked slowly and carried the cross for only the first part of the procession. PAOLO COCCO, Reuters