(Newser) – Northern Philippines villagers commemorated Good Friday in their traditional manner, with penitents whipping themselves before some two dozen were nailed to crosses, reports Reuters. Thousands of tourists were on hand to watch and photograph the scene. A local sign painter, 52, has now performed the ritual 27 times; his screams were projected through loudspeakers, the AP reports. He stayed on the cross in the heat for minutes; then the three-inch nails were removed and he was taken to a first-aid area.
“It’s intriguing and fascinating what makes people do something like this, how you can believe so much that you make yourself suffer to that extent,” said a tourist. The sign painter, Ruben Enaje, began taking part after he survived falling off a building. Another man said he participated “for good luck and for my family to be healthy.” But the Catholic Church opposes the tradition. It’s “not the desire of Jesus Christ,” says an archbishop. “We should all concentrate on prayers.”
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When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
WHEN JESUS SAID, “IT IS FINISHED”, HE FINISHED AND IS THE ONLY PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR ALL OF MAN’S SINS. I KNEW THIS ACT OCCURRED IN THE PHILIPPINES AND SOME OTHER REGIONS-I’D HOPED THIS HAD DIED OUT. LORD HAVE MERCY O THEM FOR THEIR IGNORANCE.
(Newser) – The US B-2 bomber flights over the Korean peninsula amounted to an “ultimatum,” the North says—so it has put its rockets on standby, aimed at US military bases. Leaders decided late last night that “the time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists,” official state news said, per Reuters. Kim Jong Un ordered rockets “to be on standby … so that they may strike any time the US mainland, its military bases in the operational theaters in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea.”
Indeed, there has been heightened activity at the North’s missile sites, South Korea’s Yonhap News notes. US defense secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday that the flights weren’t meant to provoke the North and were simply part of regular exercises, the AP reports. Still, “we must make clear that these provocations by the North are taken by us very seriously and we’ll respond to that,” he noted, per the BBC. Meanwhile, a giant rally in Pyongyang drew thousands, including soldiers and students, who chanted “death to the US imperialists” and “sweep away the US aggressors,” the AP reports.
(AP) – Iran, North Korea, and Syria blocked adoption of a UN treaty that would regulate the multibillion-dollar international arms trade for the first time, saying it fails to ban sales to terrorists, but other countries refused to let the treaty die. The treaty’s adoption required agreement by all 193 UN member states, but some countries said yesterday they would ask Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bring the final draft before the General Assembly for adoption as soon as possible.
“This is not failure,” British ambassador Jo Adamson said. “Today is success deferred, and deferred by not very long.” There has never been an international treaty regulating the estimated $60 billion global arms trade. For more than a decade, activists and some governments have been pushing for international rules to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters, and organized crime. After two weeks of intensive negotiations, many delegates had been optimistic that consensus was within reach, but Iran, North Korea and Syria announced they could not support the treaty. This was the second attempt in eight months to get countries with very different interests behind an Arms Trade Treaty.