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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

24-30 March 2016

Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

People walk down the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople walk down the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

People pray on the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople pray on the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Two women talk while leaving St Nicholas' Church in Siggiewi on Maundy Thursday on March 24. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiTwo women talk while leaving St Nicholas' Church in Siggiewi on Maundy Thursday on March 24. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The full moon rises behind a statue depicting Jesus Christ on the hill leading up to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiThe full moon rises behind a statue depicting Jesus Christ on the hill leading up to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Malta’s Alfred Effiong (centre) tries to make his way past Moldova’s Adrian Cascaval (left) and Alexandru Gatcan during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Alfred Effiong (centre) tries to make his way past Moldova’s Adrian Cascaval (left) and Alexandru Gatcan during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Moldova’s Eugeniuo Sidoreno (left) beats Malta’s Clayton Failla to the ball during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMoldova’s Eugeniuo Sidoreno (left) beats Malta’s Clayton Failla to the ball during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Moldova’s Adrian Cascaval (left) blocks Malta’s Bjorn Kristensen to the ball during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMoldova’s Adrian Cascaval (left) blocks Malta’s Bjorn Kristensen to the ball during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Malta’s Andre Schembri wins a challenge during an International friendly against Moldova at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Andre Schembri wins a challenge during an International friendly against Moldova at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A free kick is blocked by the Maltese defence during an International friendly against Moldova at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA free kick is blocked by the Maltese defence during an International friendly against Moldova at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Malta’s Alfred Effiong (right) is denied the ball by Moldova’s Alexandru Epureanu during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Alfred Effiong (right) is denied the ball by Moldova’s Alexandru Epureanu during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Malta’s Clayton Failla (right) tries to make his way past Moldova’s Eugeniu Sidorenco during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Clayton Failla (right) tries to make his way past Moldova’s Eugeniu Sidorenco during an International friendly match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 24. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Volunteers light flaming torches to form a giant cross in a vineyard at the foot of the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiVolunteers light flaming torches to form a giant cross in a vineyard at the foot of the hill leading to Laferla Cross outside Siggiewi on March 24. Every year on Maundy Thursday, thousands of religious devotees make their way up the hill, the highest point on the Maltese islands, on a Seven Churches Visitation pilgrimage as part of Holy Week activities before Easter. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A participant dressed as a Roman soldier prepares to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA participant dressed as a Roman soldier prepares to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A participant dressed as a Roman soldier prepares to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA participant dressed as a Roman soldier prepares to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Assistants adjust the armour worn by a participant dressed as a Roman soldier before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAssistants adjust the armour worn by a participant dressed as a Roman soldier before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A helper lowers a Roman banner from the balcony of a warehouse being used as a dressing room before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA helper lowers a Roman banner from the balcony of a warehouse being used as a dressing room before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Men dressed as Roman soldiers walk past a sentry box outside the French diplomatic residence while waiting to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMen dressed as Roman soldiers walk past a sentry box outside the French diplomatic residence while waiting to take part in a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants dressed as Roman soldiers march past St Philip Church during a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiParticipants dressed as Roman soldiers march past St Philip Church during a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants sit on a doorstep while waiting for the start of a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiParticipants sit on a doorstep while waiting for the start of a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiParticipants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiParticipants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiParticipants dressed as Roman soldiers wait inside St Philip Church before a Good Friday procession in Zebbug on March 25. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Participants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParticipants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Participants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParticipants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A participant in the Good Friday procession prepares to leave the church in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA participant in the Good Friday procession prepares to leave the church in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Participants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParticipants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Participants in the Good Friday procession prepare to leave the church in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParticipants in the Good Friday procession prepare to leave the church in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Participants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParticipants carry a statue during a Good Friday procession in Birgu on March 25. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Archbishop Charles Scicluna carries a candle at the start of an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArchbishop Charles Scicluna carries a candle at the start of an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Believers hold candles during an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiBelievers hold candles during an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A boy holds a candle during an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA boy holds a candle during an Easter vigil mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 26. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Polish children attend the ‘blessing of the Easter baskets’, which contain various traditional Easter foods, at St Barbara Church in Valletta on March 26. This is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions every Holy Saturday. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPolish children attend the ‘blessing of the Easter baskets’, which contain various traditional Easter foods, at St Barbara Church in Valletta on March 26. This is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions every Holy Saturday. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Last minute preparations take place on 26 March at the Jesuits’ Church, Valletta, for the procession of the Risen Christ onEaster Sunday Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaLast minute preparations take place on 26 March at the Jesuits’ Church, Valletta, for the procession of the Risen Christ onEaster Sunday Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

A man places his young child near the statue of the Risen Christ in Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaA man places his young child near the statue of the Risen Christ in Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The Vittoriosa statue of the Risen Christ is seen at a distance from Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaThe Vittoriosa statue of the Risen Christ is seen at a distance from Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Statute bearers are surrounded by people watching the running of the Risen Christ in Cospicua on March 27. Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaStatute bearers are surrounded by people watching the running of the Risen Christ in Cospicua on March 27. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Ayoung boy joins in with a band member during the procession of the risen christ in Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaAyoung boy joins in with a band member during the procession of the risen christ in Cospicua on March 27 Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The statue of the Risen Christ is carried in a procession in Cospicua on 27 March Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaThe statue of the Risen Christ is carried in a procession in Cospicua on 27 March Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

The statue of the Risen Christ is carried in a procession in Cospicua on 27 March Photo: Mark Zammit CordinaThe statue of the Risen Christ is carried in a procession in Cospicua on 27 March Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Boats winter their time away on land at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant FournierBoats winter their time away on land at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Fishing nets are prepared for the next catch at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant FournierFishing nets are prepared for the next catch at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Fishermen prepare their nets for the next fishing trip at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant FournierFishermen prepare their nets for the next fishing trip at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Fishermen prepare their nets for the next fishing trip at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant FournierFishermen prepare their nets for the next fishing trip at Marsaxlokk on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga and Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca are reflected in a mirror during the forum ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond” at Verdala Palace on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPresident of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga and Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca are reflected in a mirror during the forum ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond” at Verdala Palace on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga (left)and Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca embrace after addressing the forum ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond” at Verdala Palace on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPresident of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga (left)and Maltese President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca embrace after addressing the forum ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond” at Verdala Palace on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Two gentlemen view replicas of letters from the Vatican Secret Archives exhibited at the President’s Palace in Valletta on March 28. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTwo gentlemen view replicas of letters from the Vatican Secret Archives exhibited at the President’s Palace in Valletta on March 28. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

History buffs walk through a subterranean tunnel linking Castille to Auberge d’Italie after attending a lecture about the history of Valletta to celebrate the city’s 450th anniversary on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant FournierHistory buffs walk through a subterranean tunnel linking Castille to Auberge d’Italie after attending a lecture about the history of Valletta to celebrate the city’s 450th anniversary on March 28. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Deer at Verdala Palace seek respite from the blazing sunshine flooding the gardens of the palace ditch on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiDeer at Verdala Palace seek respite from the blazing sunshine flooding the gardens of the palace ditch on March 28. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Malta’s Ryan Camenzuli tries to make his way past the Czech Republic’s defence during their UEFA U21 Championship qualifying match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 29. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Ryan Camenzuli tries to make his way past the Czech Republic’s defence during their UEFA U21 Championship qualifying match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 29. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Malta’s Daniel Zerafa (left) and Czech Republic’s Antonin Barak clash during their UEFA U21 Championship qualifying match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 29. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMalta’s Daniel Zerafa (left) and Czech Republic’s Antonin Barak clash during their UEFA U21 Championship qualifying match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 29. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Roads near the airport terminal are reopened after being blocked for more than half an hour because of a bomb alert that turned out to be a false alarm on March 30. Sniffer dogs detected something suspicious in a taxi but army personnel found nothing illegal in a search. Photo: Chris Sant FournierRoads near the airport terminal are reopened after being blocked for more than half an hour because of a bomb alert that turned out to be a false alarm on March 30. Sniffer dogs detected something suspicious in a taxi but army personnel found nothing illegal in a search. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

 

 

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