Portobelo: Pilgrims demonstrate their faith with suffering

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  • Sun, 10/22/2017 - 10:53
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Thousands of pilgrims visited the Nazarene of Portobelo in his day. Before the hours of the procession that was realized in hours of the night of 21 of October multiplied the arrival of those who demonstrated their faith to the Black Christ dragged the last meters before arriving at the church of San Felipe. César Bonilla was one of the devotees who walked more than 40 kilometers to reach the place of the religious celebration "we are a group of boys that we have almost 20 years  coming here every year. I come for the favors he has given me and he has never failed me. "Walking on his knees on the asphalt and with hot sun may seem like a feat for Bonilla "it's a matter of faith, my knees are swollen but it's a matter of faith. He (The Nazarene) always fulfills us."

The expectation of the organizers was fulfilled. From diverse points of the Panamanian geography and with total normality hundreds of thousands arrived to pay homage and to take their offerings to the Black Christ, a tradition that dates from century XVII. "The final procession can take anywhere from five to six hours. People from Puerto Rico, the United States, and Central America have come, Panamanians living in other parts of the world and returning during this date, "said Fabian De La Rosa, a member of the Organizing Committee of the Sanctuary of the Nazarene.

Fidelina Cruz was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. I was accustomed to visit the Nazarene but her state of health forced her to stop the tradition. After getting over the illness on his knees to the image of the Black Christ to thank him "I was more dead than alive and I came to fulfill my promise  because he complied with me."

In the streets of Portobelo not only witnessed the passage of parishioners also resonated the music of the Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera. The "Sonero Mayor", in life, thanked the most with their interpretations the favors received from the Nazareno. In addition to the festive atmosphere and faith there is an economic resurgence for the residents of Portobelo who recognize the positive impact of the date "to small traders there is always something left. In a day like this one can earn $ 150 up to $ 260 depending on how things are while in a normal day between $ 40 and $ 60, "says Julio César Morales, who sells souvenirs outside the temple.

Each year the festivities begin on October 15, around the day of the Nazareno of Portobelo. For six days begins the transit of the believers towards this population located in the province of Colón.

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