Priest warns about ‘Sto. Niño’ amulets

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MANILA, Nov. 11, 2014 — A priest warns the public about an amulet that is made to resemble the much-loved image of The Child Jesus, locally known as the Sto. Niño, saying the object is connected to the occult.

“It has something to do with the occult and…I must warn the bearer as to the dangers of carrying such image in their persons,” Fr. Carlos Reyes, Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue (ECID) executive secretary, said.

Fr. Carlos Reyes

According to him, the faithful “must be warned as to the existence of such images and the inherent dangers posed by possessing and bearing such occult images.”

Reyes first came across the image when someone asked him to bless what looked like an inch high Sto. Niño made of brass with one strange feature — an erect penis.

The priest, who also oversees the formation of the apologetics group Catholic Faith Defenders – Manila chapter, described the “Sto. Niño” as holding a palm in his hand and an orb in the left hand, raising the right hand in blessing. The figure had three rays emanating from its halo and had an erect penis “disproportionate in size with respect to the body.”

According to Reyes, Msgr. Jay Bandojo, Vicar for Clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila who also assists the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, confirmed that the image has links with the occult and evil spirits.

Reyes said possessing amulets or playing spirit of the glass becomes an “opening”, making one susceptible to diabolical influences.

“Evil spirits will have a foothold on people who own [these amulets]. It is deceiving because at first glance, it looks like the Sto. Niño,” Reyes explained in Filipino. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)

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