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Photos: Procession of the Black Nazarene

Posted Jan 09, 2013


The annual procession of the Black Nazarene is becoming a tourist attraction and in celebration of its feast day Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013 in Manila, Philippines turned raucous.(AP, wikipedia)

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics.

Originally with fair complexion, it turned dark after it survived a burning ship on its arrival from Mexico. The image is currently in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo district, Manila, Philippines, where it is venerated weekly with Friday Novena Masses. There are also three annual processions associated with this icon, most notably on January 9, celebrating its transfer and enshrinement in the present Basilica, and is attended by several million devotees.

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