Quiapo rector to politicians: Keep off Nazarene feast

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Millions are expected to join the annual Black Nazarene procession on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (Maria Tan)

MANILA, Jan. 6, 2015— As the country’s general election approaches, a Catholic priest told politicians to spare the feast of the Black Nazarene from gimmicks to promote themselves.

Monsignor Hernando Coronel, rector of Quiapo Church, asked to candidates for the May 2016 elections to refrain from putting streamers and posters along the route of the procession to increase their popularity.

“Our focus is the Black Nazarene. Let’s give Him our due respect and love,” said Coronel.

The priest also warned against distribution of shirts bearing not only an image of the Black Nazarene but also names and faces of politicians.

“We discourage those things,” he added.

In the past, some politicians used the occasion to greet the devotees through banners and posters.

The Black Nazarene procession is one of the country’s biggest religious events with millions of devotees attending every year. (CBCP News)

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