Peru’s “Lord of Miracles” procession canceled due to pandemic

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FILE – In this March 30, 2018 file photo, women with veils on their heads burn incense as they accompany the Good Friday procession in Lima, Peru. The Lord of Miracles procession has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Archdiocese of Lima announced on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.Rodrigo Abd / AP

LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru’s most popular Roman Catholic procession, the Lord of Miracles, has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Archdiocese of Lima announced on Tuesday.

The procession worships a 17th century interpretation of Jesus Christ and has attracted over 100,000 people in the past. It culminates when a giant replica is transported to the Monastery of Las Nazarenas in downtown Lima, where the original Lord of Miracles fresco is located.

This is only the third suspension in the history of the procession, following suspensions last year and in 1882 during a war with Chile, the archbishopric said. The Lord of Miracles is associated with protection in times of crisis, healing diseases to protect against earthquakes.


The archdiocese said the church where the image is kept can be visited by worshipers in October, but they will only be able to attend with a double mask and temperature control.

The procession normally draws crowded crowds and thunders traffic through the streets of Lima.

According to the Peruvian Ministry of Health, more than 2 million confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country, as well as more than 199,000 deaths from COVID-19, giving this South American country the rate highest mortality rate in the world.


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