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Black Nazarene Philippines procession

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Black Nazarene Philippines procession

Hundreds of thousands of Filipino Catholics held a raucous religious procession in Manila to honour a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ in an annual event that organisers say was being held partly to pray for the victims of a typhoon that ravaged the central Philippines last year.

The wooden statue of Christ, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, is believed to have been brought from Mexico to Manila in 1606 by Spanish missionaries.

The ship that carried it caught fire, but the charred statue survived and was named the Black Nazarene.

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