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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pope visiting Brazil's shrine to 'black Mary'

The statue of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida, stands behind glass inside the basilica named after her in the town of Aparecida, Brazil. Revered across the width and breadth of Brazil, Aparecida's appeal has transcended the church's legions of faithful in the world's biggest Catholic country.