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Philippines’ Black Nazarene feast draws hundreds of thousands of devotees

Filipino devotees rest while waiting for the procession of the Black Nazarene to begin, during its feast day and annual procession, in Manila, Philippines, on 9th January, 2024

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters The streets of the Philippine capital turned into a sea of maroon and yellow on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands of Catholic devotees joined a procession in honour of the Black Nazarene in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.  The centuries-old tradition of paying homage to the black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, believed […]

Filipino Catholics hold big procession after pandemic eases

Philippines Manila Walk of Faith1

Manila, Philippines AP Thousands of Catholic devotees, many donning protective masks and bearing candles, joined a night procession through downtown Manila early Sunday to venerate a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ, which was not paraded to discourage an even larger crowd amid lingering fears of COVID-19. The more than 80,000 devotees who church officials […]

Philippines cancels ‘Black Nazarene’ parade again on COVID-19 concerns

Philippines Manila Black Nazarene 2021

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Philippine authorities have cancelled an annual procession, which normally draws millions of Catholic devotees accompanying a black wooden statue of Jesus Christ through the streets of Manila, for a second straight year due to coronavirus concerns. The government’s coronavirus task force cancelled the “Black Nazerene” procession, which is one of the country’s […]