Nation’s premier church battles abortion in front yard

For the Catholic hierarchy, it must be a dreaded case of the barbarians finally reaching its gates.

Two years ago, at the bidding of Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio became rector of the Church of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, home of the miraculous 400-year-old statue of the kneeling Christ that is the object of frenzied adulation by millions.

Quiapo Church is unparalleled in the Philippines, and perhaps in Asia, for the intensity and numbers of its Catholic devotees. Miranda Angeles

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