Friday, August 03, 2007

Praising La Negrita

Thousands of Costa Ricans made the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, to pray to the 'Virgin of Los Angeles' a.k.a "La Negrita," who first appeared to a local girl in 1635. (All photos by AP/Kent Gilbert)

Catholic faithful pay their respects to the "Virgin of Los Angeles" in Cartago, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

Eliezer Vargas pays his respects to Costa Rica's patron saint, known as "La Negrita" at the Basilica of Los Angeles, Wednesday August 1, 2007.

Catholic faithful hold up dresses they made for the "Virgin of Los Angeles" to be blessed at the Basilica of Los Angeles, Wednesday August 1, 2007.

Eliezer Vargas walks on his knees to pay his respects to "La Negrita" at the Basilica of Los Angeles, Wednesday August 1, 2007.

Catholic faithful pay their respects to the "Virgin of Los Angeles" in Cartago, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

Costa Rica's patron saint 'La Negrita' is seen at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

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