LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s hottest Roman Catholic procession, the Lord of Miracles, has been canceled for the second straight yr due to the coronavirus pandemic, the archbishopric of Lima introduced Tuesday.
The procession venerates a seventeenth century rendering of Jesus Christ and up to now has attracted greater than 100,000 individuals. It culminates when an enormous duplicate is carried to Las Nazarenas monastery in downtown Lima the place the unique Lord of Miracles mural is.
It is just the third suspension within the historical past of the procession, following suspensions final yr and in 1882 throughout a struggle with Chile, the archbishopric stated. The Lord of Miracles is related to safety in occasions of disaster, curing sicknesses to safety from earthquakes.
The archbishopric stated the church the place the picture is stored might be visited by the trustworthy in October, however they’ll have the ability to attend solely with a double masks and temperature test.
The procession usually attracts jam-packed crowds and snarls visitors on Lima’s streets.
In line with Peru’s Ministry of Well being, greater than 2 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances have been reported within the nation, together with greater than 199,000 deaths from COVID-19, giving the South American nation the best dying price on this planet.