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Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in... News PhotoAsia,Balaclava,Catholicism,Easter,Effigy,Horizontal,Los Angeles County,Manila,Obscured Face,Pampanga Province,Parade,Penitente People,Philippines,Religion,Religious Celebration,WorshipperPhotographer Collection: AFP Penitents flagellate themselves as part of Lenten observance in Angeles City, Pampanga province, north of Manila on April 17, 2014. The dominant Roman Catholic church does not condone 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 (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)