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A devotee wipes the face of the Black Nazarene with his towel outside the Quiapo church in Manila on January 7, 2011, ahead of the annual festival which culminates with a religious procession attended by millions. The annual festival centres on a black icon of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ, which many Filipinos believe can perform miracles to cure the sick, drive away bad luck and bring prosperity. By Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images.

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