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Tens Of Thousands In Manila Join Black Nazarene Procession

Black Nazarene Procession

Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees jostle to get closer to a centuries old statue of Jesus as they take part in the procession of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines, on Saturday. The annual procession saw the deployment of hundreds of policemen and soldiers. The Black Nazarene is a life size wooden statue of Jesus, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, which is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila on a galleon in 1606 by Spanish missionaries. The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived. On this day, devotees from all walks of life pray for good health, jobs, fortune and solutions to all sorts of predicaments.