THESE shocking photos show how a crowd of people were nailed to crosses in real-life crucifixions on Good Friday to re-enact the death of Jesus Christ.
By: Dion Dassanayake
***WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT FOLLOWS***Thousands of people watched the annual event as almost 20 Christians and a filmmaker were nailed to crosses with five-inch stainless steel nails.
The Roman Catholic Church frown upon the gruesome practice as a form of religious devotion as they say it distorts the message of the Easter period.Discussing the topic of real life crucifixion, the Vatican said: “Penitential practices leading to self-crucifixion with nails are not to be encouraged.”
The ritual was first held in the city of San Fernando in the Philippines almost 60 years ago and has been held annually since then.
Danilo Ramos, a 43-year-old who has been crucified 23 times, said: “I will do it as long as my body will allow me.
“I hope God will see my sacrifice and take good care of my family.”
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