IN PHOTOS: Feast of the Black Nazarene
MANILA, Philippines – The annual Feast of the Black Nazarene, as expected, drew millions of devotees Thursday, January 9.
Authorities estimated some 12 million people joining or watching the procession that made its way along the streets of Manila.
The procession started at Quirino Grandstand with a fiesta Mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. In his homily, Tagle asked the devotees to remember victims of disasters such as Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) to live their faith in the suffering Christ.
Commotion broke out during the Mass as devotees tried to immediate get to the image of the Black Nazarene. Followers breached security barriers, rushed to the stage to get to the image. The incident happened before the Communion part of the Mass.
Similar to previous years, the 2014 procession also had its share of medical emergencies. The Department of Health and the Philippine Red Cross reported as of Thursday afternoon that they had attended to over 1,000 emergencies. – Rappler.com