|Our Lady Aparecida|
The story goes that a Brasilian provincial governor was coming to town and the locals were organizing a big feast. They went fishing, even though it was not the right season, but for hours they brought up nothing. Then, just as they were about to quit, they brought a three foot statue of the BVM up in their nets. One cast of the nets brought up the body, the next brought the head, and the third brought enough fish to feed the whole village.
The statue was venerated at a miraculous blessing. It has been adorned in a stiff fabric robe, and a golden crown has been place on it. Pope Pius XII declared in 1930 that Our Lady Aparecida (the BVM, not the three-foot wooden statue of her) is the principal protector of Brasil. It is especially popular among Afro-Brasilians, both because it is a Black Madonna (the clay being quite dark) and because slave was one of the first beneficiaries of its (her?) miracles.
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