Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Mexican actor and pro-life advocate Eduardo Verastegui played the role of Jesus in a Good Friday Way of the Cross in the northern Peruvian province of Piura.
Prodded by residents of the town of San Jacinto to take part in the depiction of the Passion, Verastegui accepted to play the role of Jesus. He was in the region with 40 volunteer missionaries from the United States.
The Mexican actor persuaded a few of his companions to join in the presentation, including Mexican singer Alexander Acha, the son of famous singer Emmanuel. Acha played a Roman soldier.
On Holy Thursday a day prior, Verastegui gave a talk addressing life issues at the Church of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the city of Piura.
During his visit to Peru he was also accompanied by Disney actors David Henrie and Gregg Sulkin of the series, “The Wizards of Waverly Place.”
The trip was sponsored by the Catholic mission organization “Manto de Guadalupe,” which Verastegui founded for charitable purposes and to promote pro-life advocacy.
Manto de Guadalupe is also collaborating in the construction of 18 homes for the poor in the region of Piura, and it is producing a documentary to promote missionary work among young people.