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The Pope, the Philippines, Argentina and the British……



Hey! Smoking is bad for your health!

The Via Crucis is the re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion
on Good Friday.

Held in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines, it has become
famous for people being nailed to the cross.

There are currently 34 men enlisted to participate, with
an estimated 50,000 people, from home and abroad, expected to visit and observe.

Known as "Maleldo" (Holy Week), it will be held in the last seven
days of March.

This year will involve more security and traffic control,
and steel railings will be in place surrounding the crucifixion site, because
the chicken wire used last year proved useless against the ever growing crowd
of onlookers.

Well at least they are not using barbed wire. In addition
there will be a higher presence of medical tents and emergency vehicles.

Devotees who participate are generally men who have had a close brush with
death at some point in their lives, and want to thank God for His miraculous
intervention by emulating Christ's suffering on the cross.

One chap, Ruben Enaje, has
been doing it for the last 27 years, because he
fell out of a third floor building and survived unscathed.

Since then he's had his feet and hands rammed with nails
every Good Friday, although, at the age of 52 he's decided to call it a day.
He's getting too old for it.

One would have thought that once was enough, and
quite frankly if God saved him on that fateful day back in 1986, it's a
reasonable assumption that He must be frustrated to know that Mr Enaje has been risking a perennial heart attack ever since to offer his gratitude in

But the best quote of the week comes from Mariano Castro,
the Co-Chairperson of the Executive Team which handles the event who says that
not everyone is eligible to be nailed on the cross "Just because you want
to be crucified doesn't mean you can be crucified. We ask for a medical
certificate. You shouldn't be diabetic. What's your blood pressure? It's only
allowed for those who are 55 year old and below."

So you see, you have to be fit and of a certain age to be
crucified. The last thing the organisers would want is for someone to die on the
cross – besides, they would have to set up a resurrection committee, which
would involve a great deal of bureaucracy, and likely to be very
short lived.

There's much controversy around these shenanigans, and it really
should be banned. It's become an exploitative money making tourist charade, and
attracts the worst type of exhibitionist.

This year promotional campaigns and
posters are banned, which would indicate the level of commercialism that has
been prevalent. Still, don't hold your breath. There's money to be made by unscrupulous
interested parties, who are happy for it to continue.

The Vatican frowns upon it, and perhaps a new Pope can
employ a new broom and sweep it away. Indeed, this could be one of the first
sensible proclamations from Francis I, assuming of course that he can free
himself from the irritating and opportunist Argentine President Cristina
Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner
, who is obsessed with garnering his support for
her campaign to claim the Falkland Islands from the United Kingdom.

And that, dear reader, is the link between the Pope, the
Philippines, Argentina and the British
(just in case you were wondering).

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March 19, 2013 - Posted by | Culture, Current Affairs, Education, General, History, Humour, Religion, The Philippines, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Since yesterday, I have lost all respect for the Catholic Church and this Pope.


    Comment by spookmoor | March 20, 2013 | Reply

  2. Bard, I enjoyed this post so much. I actually laughed out loud at the idea of the resurrection committee being formed. Just to let you know, I’m still here and still following your posts. Love your wit, sarcasm, and humor! It’s so refreshing!


    Comment by Nancy Hardin | March 20, 2013 | Reply

  3. Thanks Nancy. I’m delighted to know you are following my posts, and compliments are always welcome!


    Comment by Bar De Ness | March 20, 2013 | Reply

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