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Filipinos to seek "greater progress"
« on: January 11, 2020, 01:20:46 PM »
By PNA MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday expressed hope that the Traslacion or the annual procession of the Black Nazarene would motivate Filipinos to seek "greater progress" in the country.

The Chief Executive issued the statement, as he acknowledged that the devotion to the Nazareno, which reaches its highest expression in the annual Traslacion, "continues to strengthen our faith amidst trying times".

"As we move in procession with the image of Christ in our midst, may we all be inspired to lead our nation towards greater progress, where everyone gets an equal chance for an improved quality of life," Duterte said in a message released Thursday, the same day the Catholic faithful celebrates the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

"May we also learn the virtues of compassion and selflessness as we do our part in nation-building. Together, let us work towards achieving a better and more inclusive future for all Filipinos," he added.

Traslacion is a centuries-old practice by the Catholic faithful that transfers the statue of the Black Nazarene in a carriage from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church in Manila.

Duterte said the cross of Christ is "not a symbol of defeat but of victory".

He added that through Christ's wounds, "we have been healed".

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