Tuesday, January 08, 2013 11:07 pm
Filipinos pack capital for Catholic procession
The Associated Press
Police estimate about 500,000 started off from Manila's Rizal Park early Wednesday for the daylong march through the city's central district. The crowd is expected to top 1 million by the time the blackened centuries-old statue, known as the Black Nazarene, is returned to its home in Quiapo Church.
Devotees jostled each other to touch the statue in hopes that its mystical powers will rub off on them.
The Red Cross says dozens suffered minor injuries and one was seriously hurt.