Photo gallery: Manila’s Quiapo church reopens amid pandemic

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene reopened its doors on June 5 after almost three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The basilica, popularly known as the Quiapo church in Manila, will allow up to 50 people at a time to enter and pray inside.

They will only be given five minutes to stay inside the church to give chance to others waiting outside.

Church workers will be present to remind them of proper physical distancing and other health protocols.

During Mass celebrations the church will be closed, and devotees will have to wait until the celebration is finished before they can enter.

Quiapo church houses the image of the Black Nazarene, a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian friars in 1607.

Believed to be miraculous by its devotees, the image’s annual procession every January is attended by millions of people, making it one of the country’s biggest annual religious processions.

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