Penance by self-persecution

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Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

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Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

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Hooded penitents flagellate themselves in a ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Hooded penitents flagellate themselves in a ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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A hooded penitent lay prone on the pavement during flagellation ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

A hooded penitent lay prone on the pavement during flagellation ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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Hooded penitents lay prone on the pavement during flagellation ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. Such practice is rejected by the Catholic church. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Hooded penitents lay prone on the pavement during flagellation ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. Such practice is rejected by the Catholic church. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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Penitents whip themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

Penitents whip themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

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The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

The dominant Roman Catholic church frowns on flagellation and other extreme acts of penitence including gory Good Friday reenactments of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but devout Catholics say it is a means of atoning for their sins and to implore God to spare them and other members of their families from illness or bad luck. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

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A penitent walking barefoot carries a cross while others flagellates themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe

A penitent walking barefoot carries a cross while others flagellates themselves as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe

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Penitents with their hands tied to a bamboo pole walk through the streets as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

Penitents with their hands tied to a bamboo pole walk through the streets as part of Lenten observance in Manila. AFP Photo/Ted Aljibe.

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Hooded penitents whip themselves in a ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez.

Hooded penitents whip themselves in a ritual to atone for their sins in observance of Holy Week at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez.

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Hooded penitents are reflected on a car windshield with a Holy Rosary sticker as they flagellate themselves in a Holy Week ritual to atone for their sins at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Hooded penitents are reflected on a car windshield with a Holy Rosary sticker as they flagellate themselves in a Holy Week ritual to atone for their sins at Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

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