Mexican devotees pray to death ‘saint’, ask for protection from pandemic
By Abiodun Ogundairo
14 October 2020 | 4:52 pm
Dozens of followers of Santa Muerte, a Mexican folk saint who personifies death, gather in the outskirts of Mexico City to worship a massive statue of the idol as they take refuge in faith amid pandemic fears.
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