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Patroness, inspiration, intercessor: Mary is beloved in Latin America

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BRAZIL-POPE-WYD-APARECIDA Yesterday Pope Francis prayed at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil, as part of the ongoing celebration of World Youth Day. Pilgrims light candles at the shrine above. In Latin America devotion to Mary has, “Inspired independence and social justice movements, endured atheist and anti-clerical regimes and been embraced by the indigenous populations and the elites alike.”  Read the whole story from Catholic News Service here: Patroness, inspiration, intercessor: Mary is beloved in Latin America And see photos of Marian devotion after the jump:

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TCC Reads: Parker’s Back by Flannery O’Connor

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The great American writer, Flannery O’Connor, was born into a Catholic family in Georgia, in 1925. She is known for her ironic, subtly allegorical fiction about deceptively backward Southern characters, who undergo transformations, often through pain, violence, or ludicrous religious behavior in pursuit of the holy. O’Connor often portrayed her characters as touched by divine grace. She once remarked:

“When people have told me that because I am a Catholic, I cannot be an artist, I have had to reply, ruefully, that because I am a Catholic, I cannot afford to be less than an artist.”

She wrote her final short story, Parker’s Back, while she was in the hospital dying of lupus. It was published in her last collection Everything That Rises Must Converge. Read Parker’s Back, the story of a man covered with meaningless tattoos who has a life changing experience and gets “God” tattooed on his back only to be shunned by Christians here: Parker’s Back by Flannery O’Connor. Or read it in its entirety after the jump:

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