Over 200 were injured on Monday as an estimated 1.5 million Filipinos sought to press up against a centuries-old statue of Christ that was marched through the streets of Manila as part of an annual Roman Catholic celebration called the Feast of the Black Nazarene. As previously reported, Catholics in the country, some holding rosaries, banners and/or cloths, seek

to touch the wood carving of Jesus carrying the cross out of their belief that it possesses healing powers or can bring good fortune. “If you seek a favor, it will be granted as long as you pray hard,” Lolit Gonzales, 45, told the Manila Times. She asserted that she had been healed of a knee injury after participating in the event two years ago. “The Nazarene has given me everything: a stable job and health for my family,” Armando Bantayaun, 57, also told reporters. READ MORE