Hordes hoping for miracle throng Philippine Catholic procession

Throngs of Christian believers fling themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it inches through Manila for the annual Black Nazarene procession.

World-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir changes name

(5 Oct 2018) The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will now be called the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is changing the name in an effort to end the shorthand name “Mormon” for the religion. (Oct. 5)

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Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany along Jordan River

Thousands of Christian Orthodox pilgrims join a procession and hold baptisms along the Jordan River during Epiphany celebrations at the Qasr al-Yahud baptismal site near the West Bank city of Jericho – where according to the gospels Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist.

Barefoot Catholics throng icon in huge Philippine procession

A sea of heaving, towel-waving humanity swarms a black statue of a cross-bearing Jesus Christ in the Philippine capital as the Catholic faithful joined one of the nation’s largest religious festivals.

Da Vinci painting sells for $450mn in NY: Christie’s

A 500-year-old work of art depicting Jesus Christ, believed to be the work of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci, sells in New York for $450.3 million setting a new art auction record, according to Christie’s. IMAGES

Da Vinci painting is New York auction season star

“Salvator Mundi,” a painting of Jesus Christ by the Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci circa 1500, is the star lot in New York’s November art auctions that will see Christie’s and Sotheby’s chase combined art sales of more than $1 billion.

Crucifixion in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Good Friday is spent performing a very literal reenactment of the Bible, specifically, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The annual ritual, which draws crowds of spectators to the streets of San Fernando — a city 50 miles north of Manila — feels like the movies, except it’s all real, from the Roman costumes, down to the real nails being hammered into real human hands.

The celebrations have been going on for years, much to the disappointment of the Catholic Church, who says the ritual is a corruption of Christ’s message.

VICE News attends the Good Friday celebrations in San Fernando to speak with people partaking in this controversial ritual.

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