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Modern day crucifixion

<p>A penitent cries as he is nailed on a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Cutud town in Pampanga province, north of Manila April 10, 2009. Numerous penitents were nailed to a cross on Good Friday in the most extreme display of religious devotion in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country.  REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A penitent cries as he is nailed on a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Cutud town in Pampanga province, north of Manila April 10, 2009. Numerous penitents were nailed to a cross on Good Friday in...more

A penitent cries as he is nailed on a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Cutud town in Pampanga province, north of Manila April 10, 2009. Numerous penitents were nailed to a cross on Good Friday in the most extreme display of religious devotion in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>A penitent cries after nails were removed from his palms in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.    REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A penitent cries after nails were removed from his palms in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

A penitent cries after nails were removed from his palms in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>Australian national John Michael, 33, carries a wooden cross while marching towards a place where he will be nailed on a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Australian national John Michael, 33, carries a wooden cross while marching towards a place where he will be nailed on a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco more

Australian national John Michael, 33, carries a wooden cross while marching towards a place where he will be nailed on a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>John Michael reacts as he is nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

John Michael reacts as he is nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

John Michael reacts as he is nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Residents portraying themselves as centurions hold nails which they removed from the hands and feet of John Michael after he was nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Residents portraying themselves as centurions hold nails which they removed from the hands and feet of John Michael after he was nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. ...more

Residents portraying themselves as centurions hold nails which they removed from the hands and feet of John Michael after he was nailed to a wooden cross to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Michael Katigbak is nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009.    REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Michael Katigbak is nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Michael Katigbak is nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>A man dressed as a centurion looks at the feet of Lenlen Pedroza, 18, who was nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

A man dressed as a centurion looks at the feet of Lenlen Pedroza, 18, who was nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A man dressed as a centurion looks at the feet of Lenlen Pedroza, 18, who was nailed to a wooden cross in a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Kapitangan village, Bulacan province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>A penitent shows scars from previous crucifixions he has taken part in as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A penitent shows scars from previous crucifixions he has taken part in as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

A penitent shows scars from previous crucifixions he has taken part in as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>A flagellant whips his back as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.    REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A flagellant whips his back as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

A flagellant whips his back as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>Residents look at a flagellant whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, north of Manila April 9, 2009. The Roman Catholic church frowns on the gory spectacle held in the Philippine village every Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) but that does nothing to deter the faithful from emulating the suffering of Christ and taking a painful route to penitence.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Residents look at a flagellant whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, north of Manila April 9, 2009. The Roman Catholic church frowns on the gory spectacle held in the Philippine village every Maundy...more

Residents look at a flagellant whipping his back during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, north of Manila April 9, 2009. The Roman Catholic church frowns on the gory spectacle held in the Philippine village every Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday) but that does nothing to deter the faithful from emulating the suffering of Christ and taking a painful route to penitence. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>A flagellant carries a wooden cross as others whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

A flagellant carries a wooden cross as others whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A flagellant carries a wooden cross as others whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Flagellants pray in front of a church during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Flagellants pray in front of a church during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Flagellants pray in front of a church during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco</p>

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Flagellants whip their backs during Maundy Thursday Lenten rites in Angeles city, Pampanga province, April 9, 2009. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

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<p>Bystanders watch as flagellants make their way past the crowd as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

Bystanders watch as flagellants make their way past the crowd as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

Bystanders watch as flagellants make their way past the crowd as a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in Cutud town, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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<p>A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009.   REUTERS/John Javellana</p>

A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

A penitent cries as he is nailed to a wooden cross as part of a voluntary ritual to mark the death of Jesus Christ in the town of San Juan, Pampanga province, April 10, 2009. REUTERS/John Javellana

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