Manila wants to turn Black Nazarene feast into international pilgrimage

Can the city take in even more devotees?

Evelyn Macairan of The Philippine Star reports that the local government of Manila is planning to turn the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene into an international pilgrimage for Catholic devotees to attract more tourists to the country.

The report explained that city will soon officially refer to the procession as the " International Pilgrimage of the Black Nazarene." Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio has likened the plan to the hajj, or the yearly Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. According to the police, an estimated 9.6 million devotees joined the event last year.

The procession of the Black Nazarene's carriage is scheduled this Thursday (January 9). It will begin at the Quirino Grandstand at 7 a.m. and will end once the carriage is brought back to the Minor Basilica in Quiapo.


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