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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

Thousands pile into Manila for Black Nazarene parade - in pictures

The Philippine capital was awash with devotees desperate to see - and maybe touch - the historic relic of Jesus as it was transported through the streets

The streets of Manila in the Philippines saw an influx of hundreds of thousands of Catholics on Wednesday for the annual procession of the Black Nazarene.

The event sees devotees - who go barefoot - trying to catch a glimpse of the historic statue of Jesus of Nazareth, with many keen to touch the effigy if they can get close enough.

They believe getting near the piece can cure illness or bring good luck.

The Black Nazarene was originally carved in Mexico and arrived in the Philippines in the 17th Century.

It survived a fire on board the ship transporting it and is now considered one of the country's most revered devotional objects.

The statue spends most of the year in a church in the city's Quiapo district, but every January it is taken on a seven kilometre tour around Manila's streets.

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