Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/PHILIPPINES – Procession of the Black Nazarene: “Our mission is love”
Manila – About two million Filipinos have flocked since the early hours of today, January 9, the streets of Manila, occupying the district of Quiapo, to venerate an image of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, popularly known as the “black Nazarene”. The celebration of the black Nazarene, prepared with a prayer novena, culminates in a procession called “traslacion” that lasts the whole day of January 9th. The procession recalls the transfer of the image of the black Nazarene which in 1787 was transferred from an Augustinian church, located in the old fortified city of Manila, to the basilica in the Quiapo district of the city.