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Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade

Millions of barefoot devotees packed the Philippine capital's streets Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades, honouring an ancient statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers. Chanting "Viva, Viva Senor Nazareno! (Long Live Mister Nazarene)", frenzied pilgrims climbed over one another in the suffocating heat to touch the Black Nazarene during the ebony-hued wooden statue's slow procession.

Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade

Millions of barefoot devotees packed the streets of the Philippine capital Manila Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades, honouring a statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers. Braving the suffocating heat, pilgrims clambered over one another to touch the Black Nazarene during the ebony-hued wooden statue's slow procession from Manila's main park to a historic church.

Barefoot hordes in spectacular Philippine Catholic parade

Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees poured into Manila Thursday for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades honouring an ebony statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers. Braving the crowds and suffocating heat, pilgrims clambered over one another to touch the Black Nazarene statue during its slow procession of six kilometres (nearly four miles) from the Philippine capital's main park to a historic church.

5 things to know about tracking Santa's journey

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defence Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fabled fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve. Here are five things to know about the holiday tradition called NORAD Tracks Santa: 1. HOW DO YOU FOLLOW SANTA'S PATH?

Santa cleared for entry to US

Santa Claus was officially cleared for entry into the United States on Monday as federal agriculture officials waived stringent livestock checks on his nine reindeer. The US Department of Agriculture announced in a light-hearted statement that a "Mr. S.Claus" of the North Pole was free to enter the United States with his reindeer from December 24 to December 25. "During this season of giving, USDA wants to do everything in its power to help Santa," said John R. Clifford, USDA's Chief Veterinary Officer.

Finnish Santa Claus wants to go global, all year round

As a brand, Santa Claus has one major flaw: he is only really valuable a few weeks at the end of each year. In Finland, they're trying to do something about this. Petri Paarnio, director of Santa Claus Licencing, the firm that holds the rights to market the Santa Claus name in Finland, wants to see him bring joy to children's hearts but also to generate business -- all year round and all around the world, starting with China.

Museum wants UNESCO listing for German Father Christmas

A German museum has applied for UNESCO heritage status for the country's traditional Father Christmas, saying he is under threat from the cheery version of Santa Claus popularised globally by Coca-Cola. The German Christmas Museum's director Felicitas Hoeptner argues today's Santa Claus is based on a German gift-giver who meted out both treats and punishment, but that knowledge of the figure's origins is fading away.

New Mexico teacher on leave after telling black student Santa is white

By Zelie Pollon SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico high school teacher who questioned an African American student's decision to dress up as Santa Claus on the grounds that the mythical North Pole figure was white has been put on paid administrative leave, an official said on Monday.

Santa Claus arrives at Kansai airport

Santa Claus arrived at Kansai airport from Finland on Wednesday, three weeks before Christmas, in the first visit to the airport in western Japan in five years by a Santa recognized by the Finnish government-backed Santa Claus Foundation. Emerging from a Finnair plane, Santa told reporters that he chose to take a plane to Kansai because there was no snow in the area, making it impossible to use his sleigh pulled by reindeers.

Ho, ho, holy cow - Santa gets fighter escort on U.S. military site

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children's advocates worried. In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus' sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
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