Chiriquí Catholics ran in

On Easter Sunday yesterday, at the St. Francis of Assisi church in the district of Dolega, Chiriquí province, the traditional "Race of the Saints" was run by the parishioners.

The annual event, which has been held for more than nine decades, attracts hundreds of visitors.

Men and women of all ages, bearing religious figures, ran down a street in front of the church. The statues had also been carried during the Good Friday procession, which wound through the main streets of the city late into the night.

Catholics in Veraguas similarly organized a race of the holy saints or reunion procession, an ancient tradition, at the close of Holy Week. Monsignor Oscar Mario Brown, the Bishop of Veraguas, said that the event simulates when the Apostles gathered with Jesus Christ after his death.