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President Humala pays homage to Lord of Miracles

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Amidst thousands of faithful dressed in purple robes, President Ollanta Humala paid homage to the Lord of Miracles, Peru’s most revered Catholic religious icon, in a procession through downtown Lima on Thursday.

The procession arrived at the Government Palace this morning, as part of its third tour through the streets of Lima, capital of Peru.

President Humala, accompanied by First Lady Nadine Heredia and some State ministers, saluted the icon from one of the balconies of the palace.

He then walked outside the palace in order to pay respect to the venerated image, a replica of a centuries old mural of the crucifixion painted by a slave in the 17th century.

The procession, which draws the largest gathering of believers on the continent, can be traced to the colonial era in which an Angolan slave drew the image of a black Jesus Christ on the walls of a hut in the plantation of Pachacamila, near Lima.

The icon’s name originated in 1687 after an earthquake destroyed most of the city, leaving only that mural standing.

Amidst thousands of faithful dressed in purple robes, President Ollanta Humala paid homage to the Lord of Miracles, Peru’s most revered Catholic religious icon.

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