At the climax of Holy Week for the planet's two billion-plus Christians, congregations were shuttered at home to avoid spreading Covid-19. Some US priests and pastors risked arrest by announcing they would hold public services in their churches.
Because of Covid-19 lockdowns in place throughout the world, many believers are told to practice social distancing and stay at home if possible, including during Good Friday.
World Health Organization figures show the increase in new Covid-19 infections is now about 70,000 per day, up from about 50,000 just a few days ago. Here are the latest updates for March 30:
As he led the Easter Mass in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis spoke of the war in Syria. Worshippers were subjected to heightened security measures.
By the end of 2013 Mexico had registered 130,000 deaths from drug violence, but gangs in one Mexican city have agreed to a ceasefire with the city council to observe to holy week of Easter.
Christians observe Good Friday as part of the Easter Holy Week to commemorate their belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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