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Crucifixion Tradition

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The Associated Press reported in March that a Philippines man was crucified for the 27th time during the annual Good Friday festivities in San Pedro Cutud. Sign painter Ruben Enaje, 52, once again endured several minutes pierced by the sterilized, 6-inch nails driven into his palms and feet to atone for yet another year’s passing in which he had so seriously sinned. Enaje was joined by several other sufferers (as NOTW mentioned, by as many as 16 one year and, in 2005, by wayward police officers from a local force who used the crucifixion as proof that they could be safely reinstated). The country’s Catholic Bishops Conference, of course, said the crucifixions are “not the desire of Jesus Christ.” o

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