- Several devotees of Caloocan particularly those who had their foreheads crossed at San Roque Cathedral during Ash Wednesday suffered minor burns or rashes on their skin
- Some children were also reportedly affected as the church also conducted school-to-school masses
- The Cathedral apologized, gave first aid to those who came to them, offered to reimburse any expenses to have the affected skin cured, and promised to investigate the incident
Several devotees of Caloocan suffered minor burns or rashes when they had their foreheads crossed at San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City for Ash Wednesday.
In an article by GMA News, devotee Mae Aldovino said that right after she received the ash, she and her companions felt hot on the forehead. They thought that “maybe it was time to confess”. But then after an hour, the heat was still there.
Another devotee, Dave Peciller, said: “Nilalagnat ako. Sumama ‘yung pakiramdam ko. Nagsimba nga tayo dahil Ash Wednesday. Sana may aksyon ‘yung simbahan sa nangyaring ito.” [I have a fever and I felt sick. We attended mass because it was Ash Wednesday. I hope the church will take action over this].
Meanwhile, the San Roque cathedral’s officials/priests admit that more devotees also came to complain about the same matter.
Several children were also affected as the church also conducted school-to-school masses.
“We really apologize to all who have been affected on what should have been a holy and solemn occasion,” said Fr. Jeronimo Cruz, Rector, San Roque Cathedral Parish.
The church has already sent the ashes to a laboratory while the investigation regarding the incident continues.
The church also gave first aid to those who came to them and offered to reimburse any expenses to have their affected skin cured.