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Filipino Catholics observe Lent with gory rituals

A penitent prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A penitent prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A penitent prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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A penitent lies on a ground as he prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A penitent lies on a ground as he prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A penitent lies on a ground as he prays before whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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Richard Borja, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Richard Borja, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Richard Borja, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ is crucified on a cross with men portraying thieves Dismas and Gestas as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Christ ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ is crucified on a cross with men portraying thieves Dismas and Gestas as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Christ ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012....more

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ is crucified on a cross with men portraying thieves Dismas and Gestas as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Christ ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross while he is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross while he is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross while he is whipped by a man portraying a Roman soldier during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

J.R. Galvez, 30, portraying Jesus Christ, carries a wooden cross during a procession ahead of Good Friday in Mandaluyong city, metro Manila April 5, 2012. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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