Millions of Catholics join Black Nazarene procession in Philippines

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Devotees of the Black Nazarene pray during a novena at the Quiapo Church in Manila yesterday.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees, many barefooted, joined a chaotic procession in the Philippine capital on Tuesday for a black Jesus Christ statue, in one of the biggest annual religious festivals in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

"He already signed the Executive Order suspending classes in all public and private schools on January 9", he added.

01 declaring suspension of classes and work in the city government offices in Manila.

Manila is hosting the International Pilgrimage of the Black Nazarene.

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

In a separate advisory released Wednesday evening, the Supreme Court (SC) announced that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has also suspended work in the SC, the Court of Appeals (CA), and the Trial Courts of the First and Second Level in Manila for the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

Likewise, Balilo said that boats would be deployed in the areas under bridges where the procession would pass through.

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However, she added that spending money would not serve the goal . "The question is what objective is being served by this". The statement did not go well with several members of the treasury benches who raised the pitch in protest.

He said road obstructions such as electric cables and open manholes need to be cleared.

THERE is no security threat in the staging of this year's feast of the Black Nazarene, Malacañang and the military said on Wednesday.

In 2006, a male devotee died after a wooden plank covering a manhole collapsed. It will cover a 500-metre radius from the procession route, the Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Church.

"Let us consider our environment in our expression of faith", said Father Douglas Badong, vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo district.

There would be slight changes in the procession route to speed up the traslacion.

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)".

Alex Irasca, a member of the Traslacion 2018 organizing committee, said there would be 12 prayer stations along the procession route.