Vatican’s UN observer leads Nazareno feast in NYC

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NEW YORK City, Jan. 8, 2016—While all roads in Manila lead to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, devotees in New York who can’t fly home to join the festivities in Manila are expected to flock to midtown Manhattan to commemorate the 410th year of the Filipino’s popular devotion to the religious icon of Jesus on His way to Calvary.

No less than Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, will preside over the 2:15 p.m. Mass on Saturday (New York Time) that will be held at the Holy Cross Church near Times Square.

Auza, who hails from Talibon, Bohol, was the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the capital Port Au Prince in 2010. At present, the Filipino archbishop is also the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States.

Fr. Victor Garcia, OFM, Cap. will deliver a spiritual talk at 1:30 p.m. and an outdoor assembly is being planned for Mass goers after the Eucharistic Celebration. A fellowship reception is expected to follow the event.

Earlier, Filipino communities based in different parishes around New York have commemorated the feast of the Black Nazarene with novena prayers and processions. Filipinos who migrated to the United States and other countries brought the devotion with them. (Kris Bayos / CBCPNews)

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