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City Faithful Retrace Savior's Final Steps on Good Friday

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Christians here in the city and around the world on Friday observed Good Friday, the most solemn day on the church calendar.

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Many churches re-enact the Stations of the Cross, marking the journey of Jesus as he was led to his crucifixion.

In Manhattan, hundreds of Christians walked the 15 stations in a ceremony held by the international organization Pax Christi or "Peace of Christ."

"It's an opportunity to participate in the stages of the cross and pray to Jesus with a lot of good people," said one participant.

"This is a wonderful event where we can really show our devotion to his sacrifice," said another participant.

"It's what our religion is all about, you know. He died for us. Thank God we have Easter Sunday when he was resurrected," said a third participant.

This is the 32nd year Pax Christi has led the Way of the Cross walk in New York.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, meanwhile, led the way over the Brooklyn Bridge in the Way of the Cross.

The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn both took part.

Worshippers started at St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn and stopped at City Hall and the World Trade Center on the way.

"We're as well doing his walk by accompanying him and remembering all the steps that he took with the Stations of the Cross," said Raquel Isaza-Cantor, a representative with Communication and Liberation.

"I think all these people that are walking right now with the faith that they do is because they believe that Jesus can do something for us," said one person who participated.

"After all that he has suffered and went through for us because he loves us, is that too much to ask to remember him in the best way possible, to love one another?" said another.

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