A Filipino crucified for the 35th time prayed for peace in Ukraine and Gaza

On the eve of Easter in the Philippines, Ruben Enaje, crucified for the 35th time, prayed for peace in Ukraine, the Gaza Strip and the South China Sea. About it writes Associated Press, which spoke with a participant in the ceremony.

Enaje said he is considering stopping the annual “religious penance” but cannot refuse villagers’ requests to pray, for example, for sick relatives. He also noted that the need for prayers has increased during the troubling period of wars and conflicts around the world.

“If these wars get worse and spread, more people will suffer, especially young and old. These are innocent people who have absolutely nothing to do with these wars,” Enaje said.

Because of the wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, prices for fuel and food have risen around the world, making it more difficult for the poor to survive on their meager incomes, Enaje notes. Aggravated territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea also raises concerns among the local population. “China has a lot of big ships. Can you imagine what they can do?” says Enaje.

“That’s why I always pray for world peace,” Enaje said. He also planned to ask for help for residents of the southern Philippine provinces who suffered from floods and earthquakes.

Ruben Enaje, a 63-year-old carpenter and sign painter, participates in the ceremony in gratitude for surviving a third-story fall as a young man. Besides him, nine more people took part in the crucifixion. Hundreds of spectators watched the performance, which had already become traditional.

The Catholic Church and the health department discourage crucifixion and self-flagellation and encourage healthy and safe religious practices.

  • Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. By data UN, during this time more than ten thousand people were killed in Ukraine, almost twenty thousand were wounded. The UN has also documented executions, abductions, torture, ill-treatment and arbitrary detention of civilians by the Russian military.
  • Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian regions have been subject to regular shelling and drone attacks. The Russian Ministry of Defense reports on the “suppression” of Ukrainian attacks and reports downed missiles and drones over Russian territory. There is destruction and casualties.
  • Israel conducts a military operation in the Gaza Strip in response to an attack by the Hamas group, designated terrorist by the US and EU, on October 7, 2023. Then more than 1,200 people died in Israel, and more than two hundred were captured. Some remain hostage to this day.
  • According to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health, as a result of Israeli shelling died more than 30 thousand Palestinians – mostly women and children. There is no independent confirmation of these data.
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