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Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez wears his stole and oblate cross over a blue hazmat suit with a bottle of Holy Water in one hand and an alcohol spray in the other as he enters some of the poorest areas of his community to bring relief, both literal and spiritual.
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as he conducts an impromptu baptism on an infant, after visiting the family's home to give a blessing to one of their relatives who was ill, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez has worn a hazmat suit more than a vestment this past month.

His parish in the populous Caloocan area of the Philippine capital Manila has been eerily quiet in the six weeks since the government put half of the country's population on a strict lockdown to try to curb coronavirus infections. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, pray for the soul of...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, pray for the soul of a suicide victim, with the victim's family inside Our Lady of Grace Parish, which is almost empty, amid the prohibition of religious gatherings, including funerals, during the government-imposed lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. Public gatherings, schools, transport services, and non-essential work has been halted, including that of the church. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, Rey Amancio, 31, and church volunteer Rosemarie...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, Rey Amancio, 31, and church volunteer Rosemarie Gracia Ramos, 20, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they make their way to the homes of people with disabilities to give blessings in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. Priests in the predominantly Catholic nation have had to be creative in finding ways to keep the faithful engaged.

Most have resorted to streaming online masses while others have set up pews outside churches. Some have printed pictures of parishioners and displayed them inside their closed chapels. But for Vasquez, the physical presence of the church is more important now than ever. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Rey Amancio, 31, and Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, hold mass together inside...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Rey Amancio, 31, and Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, hold mass together inside a church administrator's office, as they isolate themselves away from other priests in the parish, following their relief efforts in the community where they give food to homeless people, poor communities and front-line workers in need, during the government-imposed lockdown in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. These days, Vasquez wears his stole and oblate cross over a blue hazmat suit with a bottle of Holy Water in one hand and an alcohol spray in the other as he enters some of the poorest areas of his community to bring relief, both literal and spiritual.REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Michael Juarez, 42, a scrap dealer, who was given food by Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon"...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Michael Juarez, 42, a scrap dealer, who was given food by Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr and Rey Amancio, reacts as he talks to them about his life in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. "The situation of many Filipinos these days is pitiful. Lockdown is not the same for everyone," said Vasquez.

"It is easier for the rich who could take this break from work. But for some of the poor, the lockdown is equivalent to death." Michael Juarez, 42, a scrap dealer whose cart filled with prized pickings and relief goods was impounded by local officials, who said he was violating rules of the lockdown.

He has since been sleeping outside on a sidewalk, hungry and ashamed of returning home to his family empty-handed.

On a recent night when Vasquez and his team were handing out relief goods to the homeless, Juarez became tearful as he told the priest his story.

"More than physical hunger, they have spiritual hunger," Vasquez said. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, talks to a man about urban gardening to encourage...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, talks to a man about urban gardening to encourage people to take up gardening within their own homes as a means to secure food sufficiency at Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. Vasquez has been promoting urban gardening to his community by providing free seeds. "These are the abandoned. The poorest of the poor. They are scared but when they hear that I am a priest, their face lights up as if they have found a friend," Vasquez said.

The relief work varies daily but most depends on requests coursed through a Facebook chat group with community leaders. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, walks along the aisle of Our Lady of Grace...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, walks along the aisle of Our Lady of Grace parish, which is empty, amid the prohibition of religious gatherings during the government-imposed lockdown in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. Many ask for food and face masks. But there are communities who ask only for spiritual blessings -- for the dead, for their ashes, for the sick, or even the streets. To Vasquez, the coronavirus pandemic is more than a fight against a disease. "It's a spiritual battle," he said. "And we need to hold on to our faith to survive this." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Hazard tape that reads 'caution' is placed around religious relics with a note advising churchgoers to...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Hazard tape that reads 'caution' is placed around religious relics with a note advising churchgoers to avoid touching the statues as a safety precaution to protect themselves against the coronavirus disease, inside Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, say prayers during a...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, say prayers during a wake where attendees wear protective face masks while practicing social distancing in a funeral chapel in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, grabs a t-shirt in a church treasurer's office,...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, grabs a t-shirt in a church treasurer's office, which he currently uses as a temporary bedroom, in order to socially distance away from other priests who usually share a residence at Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, live-streams a workshop on how to make organic...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, live-streams a workshop on how to make organic fertilizer, to encourage people to take up gardening within their own homes, outside Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, disinfects his bottle of Holy Water, among...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, disinfects his bottle of Holy Water, among other personal belongings, as a safety measure to protect himself against the coronavirus disease during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
The hazmat suits of Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr and Rey Amancio, that are used...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
The hazmat suits of Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr and Rey Amancio, that are used as a form of protection against the coronavirus disease, are hung up to dry outside Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they make their way to the homes of people with disabilities to give blessings in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, put on their reusable...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, put on their reusable hazmat suits and personal protection equipment (PPE), as they prepare to go outside during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Our Lady of Grace Parish, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they visit the homes of people with disabilities, to give blessings on their doorsteps in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective equipment as they bless a man who has epilepsy from the doorstep of his home, amid the prohibition of religious gatherings during the government-imposed lockdown in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as he visits a woman's home who has a disability to give her and her family a blessing in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Rey Amancio, 31, and church volunteer Rosemarie Gracia Ramos, 20, wear personal...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Rey Amancio, 31, and church volunteer Rosemarie Gracia Ramos, 20, wear personal protective equipment as they pack vegetables inside a van to distribute to homeless people in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, talks to homeless people that are currently...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, talks to homeless people that are currently living outside closed shops in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
A man who is homeless embraces two loaves of bread that were given to him by Filipino Catholic priest...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
A man who is homeless embraces two loaves of bread that were given to him by Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, who walks through different areas at night in Caloocan to check on the homeless in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, picks up a plant as he talks to a man about...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, picks up a plant as he talks to a man about urban gardening at Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and his relief team wear personal protective...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and his relief team wear personal protective equipment inside a vehicle as they make their way to a morgue to bless deceased people in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment as he sprinkles...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment as he sprinkles holy water on the narrow streets of a slum area in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears a protective mask as he stands on the...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears a protective mask as he stands on the altar of Our Lady of Grace Parish, which is empty amid the prohibition of religious gatherings during the government-imposed lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 26, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears a protective mask outside Our Lady of...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears a protective mask outside Our Lady of Grace parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears his personal protective equipment (PPE)...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears his personal protective equipment (PPE) as he speaks to a person on the phone to confirm a request to bless deceased people inside a morgue in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, wears personal protective equipment (PPE) as he prepares to go outside at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priest Rey Amancio, 31, gives a loaf of bread and a bag containing rice and vegetables...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priest Rey Amancio, 31, gives a loaf of bread and a bag containing rice and vegetables to a man scavenging for food from a pile of garbage in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/PHILIPPINES-CHURCH
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April 29, 2020
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective...
Caloocan, Philippines
The Wider Image: Hazmat suits and holy water: two priests bring faith to Philippines lockdown
Filipino Catholic priests Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr, 47, and Rey Amancio, 31, wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they make their way to a home to bless a deceased woman's ashes in Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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