MANILA – A replica of a Black Nazarene is placed outside a church in Manila, Philippines, before being paraded in the capital on Jan 7.

Some 80,000 pilgrims turned out for the annual celebration escorting the statue of Jesus through the streets.

The original is kept in a church in Quiapo. It was brought to the Philippines from Mexico in the 17th century. Many Filipinos believe it to be miraculous.

The archbishop of Manila, Card Gaudencio Rosales, who led a dawn Mass, said that the original statue represents every Catholic’s desire to take up "one’s crosses and trials in life in imitation of Christ". - CNS photo

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