Catholic devotees jostle for position as they try to touch the life-size statue of the Black Nazarene as it arrives at the Quiapo Church during the annual procession in Manila on January 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS
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Two people died and hundreds were injured during a huge religious festival in the Philippines, where barefoot crowds hurled themselves at a statue of Jesus believed to have healing powers, authorities said Sunday.More than a million people turned out for the festival of the Black Nazarene Saturday, one of the world's largest religious gatherings, to see the life-sized statue wheeled through the streets of Manila.Police said at its height, about 1.5 million people took part in the seven-kilometer (4.5-mile) parade, which runs to the icon's home inside the downtown Quiapo church.
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