CNA Staff, Apr 2, 2020 / 13:50 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The statue of the Nazarene of Saint Paul will be processed April 8 through the streets of Caracas to help the faithful observe Holy Week.
It will be atop a popemobile used by St. John Paul II when he visited the country in 1985.
According to local tradition, the striking image was brought to Caracas from Seville in 1674. The wooden sculpture depicts Christ dressed in an ornately embroidered purple robe carrying his cross.
According to accounts, the image was processed in the city with prayers during a plague that broke out in Caracas in 1696, and the devotional act was credited with ending the pestilence.
The image was originally kept in a church dedicated to Saint Paul the Hermit, whose intercession was attributed to ending a plague in 1579. The wooden sculpture is now reserved in Saint Teresa Basilica, as Saint Paul’s church was demolished and replaced with a municipal theater by an anticlerical president in 1881.