Mexico: Cactus stuck into bodies of chained Catholic devotees

Dozens of hooded Catholic men in chains had cactus thrown at their bodies during the Engrillados (Chained) celebrations in Mexico’s Atlixco city on Friday. The selected participants covered their faces with black masks, put a crown of thorns on their heads before having cactus thorns stuck into their legs and arms. According to one of the participants, “All of us are here for Christ, it’s for... Еще him that we live the Via Crucis, to become attached, to reflect about the moments in which he suffered.» “It's my fifth year, I thank God very much, because thanks to this I have a three-year-old baby, really, I am grateful, and this is the way I pay him for it,” said another. Christians celebrate Good Friday, the first Friday before Easter, as the date of Jesus Christ's crucifixion by the Roman authorities. According to scripture Christ was resurrected on Easter Sunday, and through his death, burial, and return delivered his followers from sin.

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