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Barefoot Catholics mob 'Black Nazarene' in search of miracles

Barefoot Catholics mob 'Black Nazarene' in search of miracles

"Enduring a challenging procession where devotees walk barefoot is also seen as a test of faith for some".

Exemplifying the fervor and devotion to the image were shouts of "Viva Nazareno " (Hail the Black Nazarene) and the waving of white handkerchiefs or towels as the "andas" (carriage) wended its way to the Quiapo church.

"Actually, this procession was held upon the instruction of General Sapitula, who is a devotee of the Black Nazarene", said Pardo.

The Manila Police District (MPD) will implement a 48-hour gun ban in the city in line with the feast of the Black Nazarene next week.

The Philippines is Asia's Catholic bastion with a flock of more than 80 million.

Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, newly designated commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Joint Task Force National Capital Region, said he would deploy a battalion of soldiers to assist police in securing the procession.

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"Let us become ecological stewards like how we protect the image of the Black Nazarene during the procession", said the priest.

Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Quiapo Church said they are "100 percent ready".

Traslacion is the commemoration of the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from its original home in Intramuros to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene Church in Quiapo on January 9.

Msgr. Hernando Coronel leads a media briefing on what to expect at this year's "traslacion" procession and related activities.

The administration of Quiapo Church on Monday said 18 million devotees were expected to flood the streets of Manila during the procession or the Traslacion from Quirno Grandstand to the Quiapo Church basilica.

The theme of this year's event is based on a Bible verse from the book of Corinthians: "Pag-ibig ang buklod ng ganap na pagkakaisa (Love binds us in the fullness of unity)". Thousands are expected to attend this year's "traslacion" procession in Manila, January 9, 2018. "A year ago was the longest traslacion", he said.


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