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Filipinos display Catholic devotion in Black Nazarene procession

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila, Philippines, January 9, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos joined an annual procession in the Philippine capital to kiss or touch a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, believed to have miraculous healing powers, in a grand display of Catholic devotion.

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila, Philippines, January 9, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos joined an annual procession in the Philippine capital to kiss or touch a centuries-old...more

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila, Philippines, January 9, 2019. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos joined an annual procession in the Philippine capital to kiss or touch a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, believed to have miraculous healing powers, in a grand display of Catholic devotion. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Devotees carry the statue of the Black Nazarene as the annual procession begins on its feast day in Manila. The devotees, mostly walking barefoot, surrounded the carriage bearing the life-sized image of the "Black Nazarene" shouldering a heavy cross as it paraded through the city.

REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Devotees carry the statue of the Black Nazarene as the annual procession begins on its feast day in Manila. The devotees, mostly walking barefoot, surrounded the carriage bearing the life-sized image of the "Black Nazarene" shouldering a heavy cross...more

Devotees carry the statue of the Black Nazarene as the annual procession begins on its feast day in Manila. The devotees, mostly walking barefoot, surrounded the carriage bearing the life-sized image of the "Black Nazarene" shouldering a heavy cross as it paraded through the city. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila. Many of them, in yellow and maroon shirts, threw white towels to people on the carriage to wipe on the statue, while others jostled to touch the thick ropes used to pull the carriage, believing the slightest touch would bless and heal their illnesses.

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila. Many of them, in yellow and maroon shirts, threw white towels to people on the carriage to wipe on the statue, while others jostled to touch the thick...more

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene on its feast day in Manila. Many of them, in yellow and maroon shirts, threw white towels to people on the carriage to wipe on the statue, while others jostled to touch the thick ropes used to pull the carriage, believing the slightest touch would bless and heal their illnesses. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A firebreather performs as Catholic devotees celebrate and wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A firebreather performs as Catholic devotees celebrate and wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A firebreather performs as Catholic devotees celebrate and wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees line up to get closer to the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees line up to get closer to the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees line up to get closer to the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees celebrate as they wait to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees hold on to a rope to get closer to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees hold on to a rope to get closer to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees hold on to a rope to get closer to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Catholic devotees jostle to touch the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Catholic devotees surround the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees surround the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Catholic devotees surround the statue of the Black Nazarene. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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