Philippines: Devotees jostle for 22 hours to touch Black Nazarene.
(CNN)Wailing worshippers crammed the hot streets of the Philippines’ capital for 22 hours Monday as they fought to make contact with a holy statue believed to grant miracles.
More than a million Catholics joined this year’s Traslacion, a dramatic religious parade returning a dark, life-size wooden statue of Jesus — called the Black Nazarene — to the Quiapo Church in Manila.
The parade started Monday at the Quirino Grandstand, and the procession finally ended on Tuesday morning just after 3:30 a.m., local time, when the Black Nazarene statue was returned to the Quiapo Church.
Traslacion means “transfer,” referring to the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene to the church. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday announced that>>
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