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    Emilio Martin of Albuquerque carries a cross for people whose names are written on it during the annual pilgrimage to the Santuario de Chimayó on Good Friday. Martin started his walk from Santa Fe. View more photos at http://tinyurl.com/lfurbk6. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:19 pm

CHIMAYÓ — Surrounded by flowers, this white statue located near El Santuario de Chimayó is holding an infant Jesus. She is Our Lady of La Vang, the saint of Vietnam, and her statue was erected here in 2011 in honor of Vietnamese refugees.

On Good Friday, thousands of Roman Catholics passed close to the statue as they visited the centuries-old Santuario to express gratitude to God and to take a scoop of dirt — which many say has the power to cure illness — from el pocito, a pit located in a small side room lined with crutches.

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