Philippines celebrates the Black Nazerene

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Hundreds of thousands of barefoot Catholics have swarmed into the Philippine capital Manila to celebrate the statue known as the Black Nazarene.

The faithful believe the relic, brought from Mexico in 1606 by Spanish missionaries, has the power to absolve sin and cure illness.

“ I brought my grandchild to the Black Nazerene and now he is cured. You should see him, he is no longer weak, he is a normal boy,” said one devotee.

This years procession became an occasion for the country to pray for those that lost their lives
in last November’s destructive typhoon that left 6,000 dead.

The Black Nazerene got its name when the ship carrying the carving caught fire charring the wooden statue.

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