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One dead, 800 injured in parade

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MANILA (AFP) – One devotee died and more than 800 people were injured in the Philippine capital when millions joined a religious procession featuring a blackened image of Jesus, officials said yesterday. The annual feast of the Black Nazarene, one of the world’s largest Catholic festivals, drew 3.5 million barefoot devotees on Tuesday. However a former jail officer died of a heart attack after joining the scramble to climb onto the carriage bearing an image of Black Nazarene on Tuesday morning, city officials and police said. People in the mainly Catholic Asian nation risk life and limb to kiss or touch the icon with towels, believing the Black Nazarene to possess miraculous powers.

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