Each year in Raleigh, a group called the Pilgrimage for Justice and Peace holds a five-day pilgrimage across North Carolina. Carrying wooden crosses and placards, the crowd makes an annual stand to end war and the death penalty. It culminates in a 14-stop procession in downtown Raleigh.
Gail Phares, the leader of the group, said she got the idea for the pilgrimage, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Good Friday, from a Roman Catholic priest named Miguel d'Escoto, who during Holy Week walked throughout Nicaragua praying and fasting as a protest against U.S. policies in Latin America.
"For people of the Christian faith, it's the ultimate time we're thinking of the crucifixion of Jesus," said Phares, a former nun. "It's a way to connect people's struggle of justice with the story of Jesus."