April 22nd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

iReport: Catholics walk miles as Holy Week sacrifice

iReporter MjCantilero shot video of an annual pilgrimage of Catholics walking miles to Antipolo City, Philippines, last night. 'Thousands of devotees thread the hills of this city as a sacrifice for the Holy Week. Some walk from nearby cities and provinces, and there are barely vehicles passing the highway leading to the city. It's an amazing view. They stay overnight and sleep on the pavements or outside the church doors with only newspapers,' she said.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. rocky d

    Christ has died ! Christ has risen! Christ will come again! Give glory to the lord! Praise God Christians! This is not debatable- this is EASTER SUNDAY!

    April 24, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  2. Todd

    Or they could, you know, volunteer at a soup kitchen. You want to walk? Go walk on a few flames in Texas. Then god will truly love you.

    April 23, 2011 at 1:33 am |
    • gerald

      Um, we do so what is your point. Silly post.

      April 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • gerald

      Or they could pray. Oh gee do you think they might have while they were walking? Maybe you don't think much of prayer.

      April 23, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald.. prayer works in the same way that coincidence does..

      April 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • gerald

      Sad to live without hope Evolved. I suppose if you don't pray or never prayed with any faith you might think that way. I'll pray for ya evolved.

      April 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Gerald..I am not sad, and most certainly happy to live with the knowledge that I have fellow human beings who can manage spaceship earth without input from imaginary friends. Prayer works the same way as coincidence, and will give you feeling that your troubles are now some where else.. you passed the buck. I have seen the inaction of prayer I was one religious but luckily as i grew older I saw it for what it was..you may not be old enough to remember the 120 kids who suffocated in a school in Aberfan Wales in the 60s as mud engulfed it.. an entire generation from one village gone...believe all you wish, pray all you want, but it makes no difference.. be happy with your self and think for your self. It is possible with out your god as he does not exist anyway...but you do. Dont pray for me.. look to the children in Africa that god loves to starve. If only he made us with out the need to eat. ask him that when you next connect.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  3. Skip

    Catholics should be banned from everything since they cannot keep from infringing upon the rights of others. Or burn them at the stake like they did to so many people in the old days. It would be poetic justice.

    April 23, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • gerald

      Ah yes. take away their rights. Very American of you.

      April 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  4. boomhower

    have your priests stop touching small boys, I think that would be a great sacrifice...

    April 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  5. Bibletruth

    Pray for the poor Catholics that their eyes may be opened. They want to please God and atone for sin, thinking their "sacrifice" has some merit, appeasement, or reward, when such things have none. They do not know that they actually have to stop sinning in thought, word, and deed, which is accomplished by the indwelling Christ, and that only the blood of christ can wash away the penalty for sin, that their own works have no merit for themselves or anyone else.

    April 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Abel Kurian`

      In the early history of the church if you look it up the tradition of confessing sins to another was not only present but inherent. In fact if we read the gospels there are things it says about the sacrament of reconciliation where first God says to Peter, All things you bind on earth are bound in heaven and all that you loosen on earth are loosened in Heaven. Which means God actually gave power to the disciples, the keys of binding and loosening. St. Paul also talk about the sacrament of reconciliation. "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor. 5:18). The apostles and their successors are merely ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). Notice he said the ministry of reconciliation.
      Penance is a form of reproving oneself for having done sins in the past through mortification and fasting. Fasting is not necessarily done as penance but its good if we do. Through penance we lift our eyes away from the world and place it on Christ our Lord and savior.
      BTW Jesus took 40 days of fasting meaning he wasn't doin it for penance, because he doesn't need penance. But rather he did it for the sake of others. His most highest act of love was on the cross which is still present in the ministry of reconciliation. Trust me its easier to ask God for remission of sins than to talk about your sins to someone else. But as I said remission is only present truthfully in the act of reconciliation where true humility is present.
      And you right, not all Catholics take penance and forgiveness seriously, not every catholic amends their life, But so doesn't every nondenominational, protestants or baptists. But does that mean Baptists are not faithful as a whole, of course not.

      April 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • CatholicMom


      Catholic eyes are open to the Truth as spoken to us by Jesus Christ’s Church which has the Authority given by Jesus Christ when He sent out His Apostles saying, as the Father has sent me so I send you. John 20:21 ‘He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you.’ Jesus was SENT by the Father with Authority which is how He sent His Apostles. He also told His Apostles,"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:12-14)

      We Catholics understand that we receive the Holy Spirit through our Baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and with Him living in us and us in Him…we are expected to do good works…pray, sacrifice, praise and honor God, etc., because it is not us doing the work but the Holy Spirit! We are now members of His body with Him the Head. The body of Christ does not sit idle but is to love our neighbor as ourselves and this requires doing something…not sitting idle.

      Catholics know that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for ALL so that we might have life everlasting with Him forever. We also know that some are not wanting this life everlasting and will not be obliged to it; God will know our desire by the works that we do….Rom 2:5-8, 2 Cor 5:10, 2 Cor 11:15,1 Pet 1:17,Rev 20:12-13, Col 3:24-25.

      Happy Easter to each and everyone!

      April 23, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Noel

      Really? And you discovered this how? Divine intervention?

      Leave it to the fundies to continue giving themselves a bad nam.

      April 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • gerald


      You certainly don't know Catholic truth. What you post are wives tales of protestants about what Catholics believe. You further need to read your bible a bit more if you think that works have no meritt. Start with Matt 25 about the sheep and the goats. Guess what, the sheep were told they did GOOD! Oh that was for the jews or something, things I have heard. Well open romans 2:4-8 where it says those who have done good go on to everlasting glory. Don't believe in reward? Try 1 Cor 3:15. Of course we will agree that it is not OUR works, but God working in and through us by the Holy Spirit. Read eph 3:20-21. By the way protestants have not cornered the market on the Holy Spirit. In fact most of your Holy Spirit theology came through the Catholic Church, including the Trinity. You do believe in the Trinity I hope.

      God bless

      April 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • rocky d

      Bible truth, Catholic's know the power of Christ's blood. They aren't walking to be saved they are walking because they love him! They are walking reflecting on what he has done for them and you! They know that it his blood that saves them and you!
      They know that the path to heaven is thru Christ just as you do! Christ loves catholic people too!

      April 24, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald.. what is catholic truth? and how does it differ from say the real truth? does catholic truth not require evidence whereas real truth does?

      April 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Evolved DNA,
      Just in case Gerald doesn’t get back to you…Catholic Truth is Truth that the Catholic Church proclaims to be the Truth which relates to faith and morals.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • gerald

      CM answered well. There is no other truth than Catholic Truth. With regard to evidence, there is alot of it. You just are not open to it. Further you really want proof of everything, even though you don't have proof of everything you accept and take the word of others for many things. Certainly you can understand that an infinite God would be beyond our limited understanding and some of it might just be beyond us?

      April 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald /Catholic mom..Catholic truth as you call it is not at all truth, just an assertion by the church it is right and others are wrong.. the truth was most certainly not evident when the hierarchy ignored the exploits of its priests.

      April 26, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • gerald


      Does truth make people change? Nope. The truth that alcohol destroys lives still has people destroying their lives and the lives of others through alcoholism. The truth that speed kills still has people driving their cars to fast and going off roads and being killed. People have to want to obey the truth and even then they need God's strength to do it. The alcoholic is addicted to his drinking. Unfortunately the pedophile is addicted to his acts as well. The truth condemns these acts of course. The CC condemns these acts in alignment with the truth. Your hypothesis is not truth. Sorry.

      April 26, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • gerald

      By the way the truth is evident. The truth in scriptures says the deeds of evil men will be brought out in to the light. It has been. The truth says that when there is suffering in the church we all suffer. We in fact all suffer in the Church with the victims of this abuse. The truth says that there will be wolves among the sheep. Tares among the wheat. This is evident to us who are in the church. The truth never says we will have perfect leaders and priests. I wish it did. It says all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It says any man who says he has no sin is a liar. No the truth is quite evident in all of this.

      April 26, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald.. that "truth" is pretty weak..it basically says nothing. Do you really think that until Jesus came along no one knew that? Since humans evolved it would have been evident that there are people who were good and some who were bad. There would have been people who took advantage of others and some who helped., as there are today in all walks of life. I do not see catholic" truth" as anything other than something we already knew. The church added itself into the mix.. but it is hardly a prophesy that can be classed as unique.

      April 26, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • CatholicMom

      Evolved DNA,

      How long do you think it will be before man evolves fully into the Light of Truth and walks out of the darkness once and for all time? Or is this hardened heart syndrome going to plague man forever due to pride? Will man lose his conscience completely or will he wake up one day and desire to love his neighbor as himself? If it is as you say…we evolved to where we are now…where does hate come from…and why hasn’t it evolved out of us? Why hasn’t love taken over since we all seek it?

      April 26, 2011 at 10:40 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald. so the alcoholic quits only because of god, traveling faster than the speed limits set my man is due to the "fact" we are not listening to god? when you are ready to change you do..it is an internal struggle..if you believe it is a supernatural being that gives you that strength that is your issue, , but humans have been finding solutions to their dilemmas for eons, long before the invention of said gods.

      April 26, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Catholic mom. There is no such thing as " evolve fully", it is an ongoing process and will always be. Your understanding of the world is based on biblical scripture and bias based on the religion you are in. Religion adds to the "hate"you mention. Hate usually come about when one segment of society inflicts its moral codes on others.. take gays for example.. the hate for those folks, which no one has been able to me explain in human terms, has driven many to suicide. It is fostered with in the religious community and so is considered ok. Humans have developed society that in the most part works well.. are humans violent some are of course.( I'm not, and i do not believe in god at all ) . the bible itself reflects that violence. To clam that all mankind is in darkness is a very depressing view, and is exactly why you have such a jaded view of life and human beings. You have to accept the fact that humans can be good and bad with out any god,, and have always been, despite the best efforts of religious leaders to say other wise. You do not sound like an uneducated person, use your intellect to look at the evidence for evolution...you will find it is far more satisfying than just assigning things that appear complicated to a god.

      April 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  6. Reality

    Great exercise but having little historic or theological meaning.

    April 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  7. Artist

    Walking for jesus. I wonder if they raised any money doing this?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • gerald

      Do you think they might have prayed... Why is it that all anyone can do that is of value is raise money?

      April 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
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