A bishop in the Philippine capital has ordered an investigation into reports that several Massgoers developed rashes after having their foreheads marked with ash on Ash Wednesday.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan said a thorough investigation will be carried out, and even suggested the ashes used at San Roque Cathedral might have been purposely contaminated.
“Rest assured that we will not leave a single stone unturned in order to find out what caused this unfortunate incident,” the prelate said to ucanews.com.
Bishop David said several Massgoers reported feeling a burning sensation on their foreheads immediately after being marked. When the people washed the ashes off, rashes and blisters appeared on their skin.
The ashes in question were not used after reports were received.
Picture: A lay minister marks a cross on the forehead of a man during Ash Wednesday Mass on 14th February outside the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Paranaque, Philippines. A bishop in the Philippine capital of Manila ordered an investigation into reports that several Massgoers developed rashes after having their foreheads marked with ash at San Roque Cathedral in the Diocese of Kalookan. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters).