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Philippines: nuns dance by cathedral altar to rock tune

Catholic World News - January 31, 2011

Thirty nuns danced to the tune of “Toyang,” a 1993 song by the Eraserheads, in the hopes of attracting vocations to the religious life. The dance took place on January 29 by the altar of the cathedral in Baguio City, which is located in the northern part of the Philippines.

“The sisters are not just there to pray in church,” said Sister Eva Vargas, a Daughter of Charity and school principal. “We can still be ourselves. Through dancing we can show the people that the life of sisters [is also fun].”

The nuns who danced ranged in age from 25 to 80.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Feb. 26, 2011 3:53 PM ET USA

    Though it took place near an altar, this is basically a very clumsy, ill-informed attempt at marketing. And one of the most important rules of marketing is: do not mess with your brand.

  • Posted by: ebierer1724 - Jan. 31, 2011 7:50 PM ET USA

    THIS JUST IN! Western Catholic Neo-Traditionalists annoyed again by post Vatican II expressions of faith! Then again, I guess that is not news at all. I can appreciate that the Daughters of Charity made an authentic, outgoing attempt to show that they are still humans even if it was a bit goofy (and therefore subject to the scrutiny of people half a world away?!). By the way, you can find the song on YouTube if you're curious as to what it sounds like.

  • Posted by: Salome - Jan. 31, 2011 2:16 PM ET USA

    If it weren't for the 1993 'music', this would be straight out of the 1970s.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jan. 31, 2011 10:14 AM ET USA

    This is a sign of desperation and naturalism. This approach has not worked. Vocations are gifts from God. They are nourished by the witness of religious life according to the mind of the Church and through prayer and fasting. This is just imitating the world. Awful.

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