Tuesday, September 17, 2013
In this Sept. 14, 2013 photo, a man reaches out to touch a statue of Jesus Christ outside the Lord of Huanca Sanctuary, near Cuzco, Peru. Each year, thousands of devotees from across Peru and neighboring countries come to Cuzco to make the annual seven-hour night hike up the mountain, to the the foot of the sanctuary, to honor a 339-year-old image of Christ scourged and bleeding, known as the Lord of Huanca, on the walls of the shrine, depicted by an anonymous painter. The cult of the Lord of Huanca was officially recognized by the Catholic Church in 1779.
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