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Thousands Flout COVID-19 Restrictions to Attend Black Nazarene Feast in Manila

World | News18.com | January 9, 2021, 1:24 pm
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 The feast day of the Black Nazarene is an annual Catholic procession that takes on Jan. 9 every year. On this day, thousands of devout Catholics line up at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines, to pay homage to the life-sized image of a dark-skinned, kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross. (Image: AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)
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The feast day of the Black Nazarene is an annual Catholic procession that takes on Jan. 9 every year. On this day, thousands of devout Catholics line up at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines, to pay homage to the life-sized image of a dark-skinned, kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross. (Image: AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

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 This year, the annual procession was cancelled amid the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of church workers and police were spread around the area to maintain order and enforce strict social distancing health protocols. However, despite the restrictions, devotees lined up to celebrate the feast. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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This year, the annual procession was cancelled amid the threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of church workers and police were spread around the area to maintain order and enforce strict social distancing health protocols. However, despite the restrictions, devotees lined up to celebrate the feast. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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 Several Black Nazarene replicas were placed around churches as well as large LCDs put up as the government urged devotees to pray at their communities instead of going to downtown Quiapo where the original image resides. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Several Black Nazarene replicas were placed around churches as well as large LCDs put up as the government urged devotees to pray at their communities instead of going to downtown Quiapo where the original image resides. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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 Defying government restrictions, the faithful arrived in flocks to catch a glimpse of the holy idol, which is believed to have healing powers. According to media reports, approximately 20,000-30,000 devotees arrived in the city. However, only 400 were allowed at a time inside the church to respect the coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)
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Defying government restrictions, the faithful arrived in flocks to catch a glimpse of the holy idol, which is believed to have healing powers. According to media reports, approximately 20,000-30,000 devotees arrived in the city. However, only 400 were allowed at a time inside the church to respect the coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

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 Seen here is a church layman sprinkling holy water on devotees outside the Quiapo church. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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Seen here is a church layman sprinkling holy water on devotees outside the Quiapo church. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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 Over the years, more than a million people have participated in the annual pilgrimage. It remains one of the biggest security challenges for the country, home to most Catholics in Asia. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)
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Over the years, more than a million people have participated in the annual pilgrimage. It remains one of the biggest security challenges for the country, home to most Catholics in Asia. (AP Photo/Gerard Carreon)

  • First Published: January 9, 2021, 1:21 pm

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