Christians celebrate Palm Sunday around the world

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 20: Faithful arrive in procession at St. Peter's Square during the Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on March 20, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis on Sunday presided at the Procession and Mass for Palm Sunday, as the Church enters into the celebration of Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Nuns hold palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Believers prepare the scene 'Crucifixion' during the Palm Sunday Procession in the old town in Heiligenstadt, Germany, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Thousands of believers from the region and all over Germany attend the procession when participants carry life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
BHOPAL, INDIA - MARCH 20: Christians take part on the occasion of Palm Sunday by St. Thomas church on March 20, 2016 in Bhopal, India. Special prayers in churches and processions marked observance of Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of lent and beginning of the holy week for Christians. Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday prior to Easter falling on March 20 this year, during which blessed palm leaves are distributed among believers. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Believers hold palm leaves during the Palm Sunday celebration at St. Pierre Church in Port-au-Prince on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
People carry palm leaves during a Palm Sunday procession in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday opens the Holy Week that ends with Easter Sunday, the most important Catholic holiday. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
Women with palm leaves wait at a bus stop after a Palm Sunday procession in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday opens the Holy Week that ends with Easter Sunday, the most important Catholic holiday. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
TOPSHOT - A Christian nun attends a procession during the Palm Sunday march at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Roman Catholic devotees wave palm fronds to be blessed by a priest to commemorate Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, south of Manila, Philippines. Palm Sunday, which is the final week of Lent, marks the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The palm fronds end up in homes of devotees for a year, to be burned after and its ashes to be used for Ash Wednesday for next Season of Lent. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Roman Catholic clergy carry palm branches as they circle the aedicule during the Palm Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis walks in procession as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Prefect of the Papal Household Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, right, holds a palm leaf as he walks in procession at the beginning of a Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis, caresses children he invited on his pope-mobile as he tours St. Peter's Square at the end of a Palm Sunday Mass, at the Vatican Sunday, March 20, 2016. Pope Francis in his Palm Sunday homily decried what he called indifference to the refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to authorities who washed their hands of Jesusâ fate ahead of his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Children take part in the procession during Palm Sunday, prior to Holy Week, leading up to Easter, in Pamplona northern Spain, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Christian nuns, some holding palm fronds, participate in the traditional Palm Sunday procession on the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 20, 2016. For Christians Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Pakistani Christians pray during Palm Sunday Mass in St. Anthony Church in Lahore, Pakistan, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/K.M. Chuadary)
People carry the cross of the scene 'Crucifixion' at the Palm Sunday Procession in the old town in Heiligenstadt, Germany, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Thousands of believers from the region and all over Germany attend the procession when participants carry life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
TOPSHOT - A woman prays on a hill with wooden crosses as she celebrates Palm Sunday in the town of Oshmiany, some 130 kilometres northwest of Minsk, on March 20, 2016. / AFP / SERGEI GAPON (Photo credit should read SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)
Faithful hold palm fronds as they walk in procession prior to Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 20: People take part in Palm Sunday Prayer ahead of 'Good Friday' at Sacred Heart Cathedral at Gole Dak Khana on March 20, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Special prayers in churches and processions marked observance of Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of lent and beginning of the holy week for Christians. Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday prior to Easter falling on March 20 this year, during which blessed palm leaves are distributed among believers. (Photo by Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
A girl attends Palm Sunday celebrations at the Cathedral of Managua, on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, welcomed by crowds waving palm branches, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass. AFP PHOTO/Inti OCON / AFP / Inti Ocon (Photo credit should read INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Roman Catholic devotees wave their palm fronds during a Palm Sunday mass in Bulacan, north of Manila on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. / AFP / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BHOPAL, INDIA - MARCH 20: Christians take part in the religious procession holding palm leaves taken out on the occasion of Palm Sunday by St. Thomas church on March 20, 2016 in Bhopal, India. Special prayers in churches and processions marked observance of Palm Sunday, the final Sunday of lent and beginning of the holy week for Christians. Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday prior to Easter falling on March 20 this year, during which blessed palm leaves are distributed among believers. (Photo by Mujeeb Faruqui/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Syrian Christian Roman Catholic priest Joseph Atfi holds a cross during the Palm Sunday festivities in the capital Damascus, on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal (C), leads the Palm Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Christian Melkites are seen reflected in the window of a church in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon on March 20, 2016, as they attend a mass to mark Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. The Melkite also known as the Greek Catholic Church traces its origins to the Christian communities of the Levant and Egypt. / AFP / Patrick BAZ (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 20: Pope Francis leaves with his popemobile at the end of Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 20, 2016 in Vatican City,Vatican. Pope Francis on Sunday presided at the Procession and Mass for Palm Sunday, as the Church enters into the celebration of Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. (Photo by Giulio Origlia/Getty Images)
A Catholic pilgrim holds up a crucifix and a palm branch during the Palm Sunday procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Christian Nuns wave palm fronds as they take part in a procession to commemerate Palm Sunday in Ranchi on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday is a movable feast in the Christian calendar which falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week which commemorates events in the last days of Jesus Christ's life on earth. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Palm fronds made into crosses decorated with faces Jesus Christ lay for sale outside a church holding Palm Sunday Mass in El Alto, Bolivia, Sunday, March 20, 2016. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Woman buy a palm fronds prior to Palm Sunday Mass outside La Merced church in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, March 20, 2016. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week ahead of Easter, commemorating Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem, when his followers laid palm branches in his path. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Syrian Christian Roman Catholic take part in the Palm Sunday festivities in the capital Damascus, on March 20, 2016. The ceremony is a landmark in the Christian calendar, marking the triumphant return of Christ to Jerusalem the week before his death, when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves. Palm Sunday marks the start of the most solemn week in the Christian calendar. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Roman Catholic devotees carry palm fronds to be blessed by a priest as they commemorate Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, south of Manila, Philippines. Palm Sunday, which is the final week of Lent, marks the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. The palm fronds end up in homes of devotees for a year, to be burned after and its ashes to be used for Ash Wednesday for next Season of Lent. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
An Indian Christian dressed as Jesus Christ carries a cross as he participates with other devotees in a Palm Sunday procession at a Church in Chennai on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday marks the sixth and last Sunday of the Christian Holy month of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A Catholic faithful attends a Palm Sunday mass at the Cathedral of Managua, on March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, welcomed by crowds waving palm branches, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass. AFP PHOTO/Inti OCON / AFP / Inti Ocon (Photo credit should read INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images)
Catholic faithful take part in a Palm Sunday procession in Asuncion on March 20, 2016. For Christians, Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, welcomed by crowds waving palm branches, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. It is traditionally marked by a procession and special mass. AFP PHOTO/Norberto Duarte / AFP / NORBERTO DUARTE (Photo credit should read NORBERTO DUARTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Palm Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians this week, commemorating Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey while welcomed by crowds waving palm branches, before his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection.

Traditionally marked by a procession and special mass, Palm Sunday occurs on the final Sunday of Lent and is a landmark in the Roman Catholic calendar.

Thousands of believers from all over the world observed the holiday this year, as participants distributed blessed palm leaves and some even carried life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ.

Pope Francis presided at the Procession and Mass for Palm Sunday before faithful in St. Peter's Square, where he decried what he called indifference to the refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to authorities who washed their hands of Jesus' fate ahead of his crucifixion.

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