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Filipino Catholics celebrate Santo Niņo in Carrollwood

By Tribune staff
Published: January 19, 2014 Updated: January 19, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Performers dance traditional Santo Niņo dances for Filipino Catholics gathered at St. Paul Catholic Church in Carrollwood to celebrate Santo Niņo, the feast of the child Jesus, with a mass on Sunday. The celebration of the baby Jesus has special meaning for people from the Philippines where the explorer Ferdinand Magellan gave a statue of the baby Jesus to the ruling family as a gift. Many Filipino Catholics believe it to be miraculous. JIM REED/STAFF

Filipino Catholics gathered at St. Paul Catholic Church in Carrollwood on Sunday to celebrate Santo Niņo, the feast of the child Jesus.

Performers danced traditional dances during the Mass, which featured an iconic statue of the baby Jesus on display on the church’s alter.

The statue has special meaning for Filipino Catholics. Explorer Ferdinand Magellan gave the statue to the ruling family of the Philippines as a gift in 1521.