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On Good Friday, Filipinos nailed to crosses

Last Updated: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 16:40

San Pedro Cutud: Thousands have gathered in the Philippines to witness devotees nailed to crosses as they mark Good Friday by re-enacting Jesus Christ`s suffering. The yearly rites continue even as Roman Catholic church leaders discourage the practice.
Nine men were crucified for a few minutes in Pampanga province`s San Pedro Cutud village, while at least eight others were crucified in neighbouring villages.

Many take part to atone for sins, pray for the sick or a better life or give thanks for what they believe were miracles.

Friday`s crucifixion was the 26th for Ruben Enaje, a 51-year-old sign painter. He began his yearly rite after surviving a fall from a building.

The spectacle is a unique brand of Catholicism that merges church traditions with Philippine folk superstitions.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 16:40
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