Religious whipping marks Good Friday in the Philippines

15/4/2022 2:30:00 PM

Catholic zealots in the Philippines whipped their backs bloody and raw on Good Friday.

Catholic zealots in the Philippines whipped their backs bloody and raw on Good Friday.

HAGONOY, Philippines (AFP): Catholic zealots in the Philippines whipped their backs bloody and raw on Good Friday, as the fervently religious country marked Easter with gruesome displays of faith.

Scores of men -- their faces covered -- walked barefoot as they flogged themselves with bamboo whips under a blazing sun near the capital Manila, while others carried wooden crosses as they were beaten, in a ritual frowned upon by the Church.Ukraine's Catholic leader invites pope to visit and help bring peace FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations at Rome's Colosseum, Rome, Italy April 19, 2019.State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said he was told of the meeting and hoped it would translate to a reduction in airfares.Laos aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 A recent paper estimated that by 2050, the cost of food will be 27% higher than today.

Roy Balatbat, his skin still bearing fresh wounds from a public flailing on Thursday, walked for about a kilometre, striking himself and stopping to prostrate in prayer on the hot ground."It's punishing but if you have a wish, you will endure the pain," Balatbat, 49, told AFP in Hagonoy municipality, Bulacan province.The annual Via Crucis event on Good Friday at the Colosseum consists of the 14 Stations of the Cross, stages between the condemnation of Jesus to death and his burial."I have been doing this for 30 years since I was a young man.Jafry said for the reopening of borders, Sabah was targeting between a million and 1.My devotion is that I will only stop when I can't do it anymore.This year's programme for the evening candlelight service has a Ukrainian family and a Russian family sharing the carrying of the cross at the 13th station, which commemorates Jesus being taken down from the cross after his death." While most devotees in the mainly Catholic nation spend Good Friday at church or with family, others go to these extreme lengths to atone for sins or seek divine intervention.These real-life temperature variances have not been predicted by any of the climate models used by various international and governmental climate agencies.

Before the grisly flogging begins, the men's bare backs are deliberately punctured to make them bleed.The text of the meditation to be read at the 13th station speaks of reconciliation and reconstruction after bombings.This is ridiculous.Veterans of the gory spectacle display scars of previous whippings, while others endure the punishing act for the first time."I inflict the wound to the penitents, if there's not much blood coming out, they'll ask for another one so their sins would be forgiven," Reynaldo Tolentino, 51, explained.He said he had asked the Vatican to review the decision."They won't feel the pain when they're doing the penitence as long as they are sincere in doing it.too much,” he said." Good Friday is also usually marked by crucifixion reenactments in a city north of Manila, but the event was cancelled for the third year in a row due to Covid-19.In a tweet, Ukraine's ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, said he shared Shevchuck's concern and was working with the Vatican on"trying to explain difficulties of its realisation and possible consequences".Initially, the tree stands firm but sooner or later, all the leaves will be blown off.

About a dozen Catholics regularly have themselves nailed to wooden crosses as penance for their sins.The event attracts thousands of tourists.But he has made clear his opposition toRussia's actions, using the words invasion, aggression andatrocities.“We urge the authorities to take action accordingly,” he said."We do not encourage acts of self flagellations and crucifixions," said Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' public affairs committee."The suffering and crucifixion of Christ is already enough to save humanity," he told AFP, adding devotees should instead"confess their sins".The Kremlin says allegations that Russian forces have committed war crimes by executing civilians in Ukraine were a"monstrous forgery" aimed at denigrating the Russian army.The Philippines has lifted most Covid-19 restrictions after a sharp fall in infections and rising vaccination rates.He was optimistic that these goals can be achieved since Sabah is among the top choices to visit for Taiwanese and South Koreans.Not all bad news Despite the high certainty of the future, it would also be wrong to say that there is nothing humans can do about the situation.

But the health department warned Thursday of a possible surge in cases as Filipinos dropped their guard and mingled more freely.(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Gareth Jones) Article type: metered.Article type: free.

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