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Cardinal to Politicians: Spare Nazarene feast from campaigning

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

MANILA, Jan. 7, 2010- Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales called on politicians to spare the Black Nazarene feast on Saturday from early election campaigning.

Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo parish priest, said the cardinal is reminding the politicians to respect the solemn observance of the feast.

"We are sensitive about this and our beloved cardinal is also appealing that the Black Nazarene feast will not be used for politicking," Ignacio said.

But the priest said there's nothing wrong with politicians joining the feast especially during the procession if they are true devotees.

The church leaders' appeal was made yesterday as streamers and tarpaulins from politicians greeting devotees "Happy Fiesta" became eyesores at Quiapo district.

Many of the "campaign materials" were placed in visible areas adjacent the Quiapo Church as early as Monday evening.

The number of posters is expected to rise in the days leading to Saturday, when the traditional Black Nazarene feast is held.

Every year thousands of devotees from all walks of life come to the district of Quiapo to take part in the procession as a way of strengthening their faith or fulfilling their vow to Lord. (Roy Lagarde)


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