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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Filipino nailed to the cross prays for Belgium

Published 25/03/2016 | 09:01

Ruben Enaje has been nailed to a cross every year for 30 years
Ruben Enaje has been nailed to a cross every year for 30 years

A Filipino devotee has been nailed to the cross for the 30th time in an Easter ritual - and offered his sacrifice for peace in Belgium and other countries targeted by Islamic extremists.

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Ruben Enaje and several other men screamed in pain as they were nailed to wooden crosses in iPampanga province north of Manila in a re-enactment of Jesus Christ's death.

Thousands of foreign and local tourists gathered to watch the ritual.

Enaje, a sign painter, says he also prayed for peaceful Philippine presidential elections this year and a better job.

The Good Friday ritual is opposed by religious leaders in the Philippines, Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation, but the event has persisted.

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