Catholic devotees jostle to reach the statue of the Black Nazarene during a procession to mark its feast day in Manila. Photo: EPA

Black Nazarene statue draws 800,000 Philippine Catholics to procession in Manila

  • Critics say the procession, which usually takes about 20 hours, is a mish-mash of superstition and unnecessary risk for the people who flock to it each year
  • But Church officials say the practice is a vibrant expression of faith in nation of 105 million that is overwhelmingly Christian
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Catholic devotees jostle to reach the statue of the Black Nazarene during a procession to mark its feast day in Manila. Photo: EPA
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