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Christians in Jerusalem celebrate Holy Thursday

Christians celebrate Holy Thursday in Jerusalem, just days after two deadly attacks on churches in neighbouring Egypt.

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Christians are celebrating Holy Thursday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, just days after two deadly attacks on churches in neighbouring Egypt.

At the start of Christianity’s holiest week Islamic State bombed two Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta last Sunday, killing 45 people.

The site of the church in Jerusalem is where Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified.

Each year priests re-enact Christ’s washing of the feet of his twelve disciples the night before he was killed.

Jesus, knowing already who his betrayer would be – Judas Iscariot – washed his feet and forgave him.

A Holy Thursday service was also held in the Vatican and led by the pope, who is the leader of the world’s one point two billion Catholics.

Unusually this year the Armenian, Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches all share the same Easter celebration on Sunday.