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Huge Catholic procession underway in Philippines

The annual procession of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines attracts devout Catholics eager to kiss or wipe the icon wth white towelsMasses of barefooted devotees gathered in the Philippine capital on Monday in a bid to touch a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ, a frenzied annual event that is one of the world’s biggest displays of Catholic devotion. Others fight to touch thick lengths of rope that the pilgrims use to pull the statue’s carriage, which passes slowly along Manila’s streets throughout the day before returning to its home in the historic Quiapo church. Many walk Manila’s hot concrete streets without shoes as a sign of penance and to imitate Jesus carrying the cross barefooted before he was crucified.

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