PHOTOS: Philippines Crucifies Nine to Observe Good Friday

PHOTOS: Philippines Crucifies Nine to Observe Good Friday

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The Philippines province of Pampanga hosted nine crucifixions and hundreds of flagellations in its Good Friday observance this year, a tradition the Vatican discourages but continues to thrive thanks to faithful who view it as the ultimate act of penance.

Those crucified re-enact Jesus’s Stations of the Cross – a Catholic ceremony done around the world, but not while physically carrying a heavy cross – in observance of his sacrifice, then accept being nailed to a cross and displayed publicly. They receive medical care after being taken down from the cross a few minutes later.