- Mar 29, 2020
A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old black statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security Tuesday after the Philippines came under a disastrous terrorist attack last year.
The Lord of Miracles – a Peruvian image of a darker-skinned Jesus – is believed to have been painted by an Angolan-born slave. After a devastating earthquake in 1655, the wall with the mural was one of the few parts of the church still intact. Deeming this a miracle, people gave the image an additional name — “The Christ of Earthquakes” — and almost ever since have paid homage to it in citywide processions.