Over 2 million believers joined an annual barefoot procession in Manila on Thursday to honor the Black Nazarene, a wooden statue of Jesus Christ that many Catholic Filipinos believe performs miracles.
Devotees took part in the 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) procession through the Filipino capital that reenacts the statue’s move in 1787 from Luneta Park to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, in Quiapo district. More than 13,000 police officers were on duty to protect the float carrying the statue and to control the massive crowds.
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