Saturday, August 02, 2008

La Negrita devotion in pictures

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. As many as two million Catholic faithful are making the religious pilgrimage this week to pay their respects to Costa Rica's patron Saint who is believed to perform miracles. (All photos by AP/Kent Gilbert)

Catholic faithful hold up dresses they made for the Virgin of Los Angeles or 'La Negrita' at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Friday, August, 1, 2008.

A replica of the Virgin of Los Angeles or 'La Negrita' is seen as Catholic faithful attend a procession at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.

A Catholic woman cries as she holds her baby and prays to the Virgin of Los Angeles or 'La Negrita' at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.

A Catholic man holds up a replica of the Virgin of Los Angeles or 'La Negrita' as he prays at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Friday, August, 1, 2008.

Catholic faithful pray to the Virgin of Los Angeles, know as 'La Negrita,' at the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago, Costa Rica, Wednesday, July 30, 2008.

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