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Pope Francis lies prostrate before the main altar of St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘True martyrs of Christ do not die with fists clenched but with their hands together in prayer,’ Fr Cantalamessa says

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis presides at Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica

The Pope was celebrating the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica during the liturgy (AP)

During the liturgy he lay prostrate before the altar of St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Benedict leads the Good Friday liturgy (CNS)

Pope leads Good Friday ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica