Yesterday Pope Francis prayed at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Our Lady Who Appeared, 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
Woman holds replica of Our Lady Who Appeared:
Man carries image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: