Religion: Catholics Who Celebrate Passover

The town of Belmonte, perched atop a rocky hilltop in northern Portugal, is dominated by a giant stone cross, a ruined castle and the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family. On each Holy Thursday, Father Jose Marins Registo brings from the church an image of Jesus bearing the cross to Calvary. Followed by children dressed as angels, he parades through the streets to the main square, where he meets a second procession displaying an image of the Virgin Mary. On Good Friday there is another procession and a symbolic burial, after which the priest carries a cross from house to...

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