October 21, 2013

At least 13 people died and five were reported missing after a boat carrying devotees of Our Lady of Nazareth capsized in the Amazon River.

The accident occurred Oct. 12 near the port of Macapa, capital of Amapa state of Brazil, where more than 130,000 Catholics gathered to celebrate a procession for Our Lady of Nazareth.

Authorities said the boat, one of several taking part in a 17-km journey to Macapa, had a capacity of 40 people but was holding 70 when it turned on its side.