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Paraguayan Immigrants Honor The 'Blue Virgin' In Argentina
Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentina's capital celebrate their "Blue Virgin" every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession.
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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, girls dressed in the likeness of Paraguayâs patroness, âOur Lady of Caacupe,â commonly called the âBlue Virginâ hold lit candles before the start of a Mass in a slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The slumâs parish is named for Paraguayâs patroness by the half-million Paraguayans who migrated to Argentina, many of whom live in ramshackle settlements known as âmisery villagesâ in and around Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Brenda Duarte, 10, dressed in the likeness of Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin stands next to an altar outside her home as she wait for the arrival of a procession honoring the "Blue Virgin" in a slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Paraguayan immigrants walk in a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, a girl watches from her window a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin, that winds through every corner of the slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year, the feast days Mass was led by none other than Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has since become their beloved slum pope. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Pablo Acuna, 2, rests in the living room of his house as he watches the procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin, in a slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Padre Toto de Vedia is embraced by Valentina as he speaks during a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Valentina's son, Ramon, was murdered when a drunk man accidentally shot him dead. Padre Toto, one of many slum priests Pope Francis has long supported, led thousands in this years procession. He blessed humble homes decorated with flags and balloons with water from a plastic jug, and hugged victims of violence. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, a man takes a sip of mate as he helps transport the statue of Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin through the slums parish that bears the name of the patroness, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, residents wait for the arrival of a procession that celebrates Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe commonly called the Blue Virgin in a slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, faithful are offered "empanadas" as they walk by as part of a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Caacupe parish youth known as "The Explorers", a group of young people who works in the shanty town to prevent other children from drugs and violence, chant their anthem at a procession to celebrate Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe in a slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The slums parish is named for Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin by the half-million Paraguayans who migrated to Argentina, many of whom live in ramshackle settlements known as misery villages in and around Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, residents walk past a banner with an image of Pope Francis with a phrase that reads in Spanish; "The Pope of Peace" as they watch a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin, that winds through every corner of their slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year, their feast days Mass was led by none other than Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has since become their beloved slum pope. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, the Gonzalez family watch a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin, that winds through every corner of their slum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year, their feast days Mass was led by none other than Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has since become their beloved slum pope. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Padre Toto de Vedia blesses residents with holy water using an olive branch during a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin in a slum of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Padre Toto, one of many slum priests Pope Francis has long supported, led thousands in this years grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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In this Dec. 8, 2013 photo, Paraguayan immigrants walk in a procession celebrating Paraguays patroness, Our Lady of Caacupe, commonly called the Blue Virgin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentinas capital celebrate their Blue Virgin every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession that winds through every corner of their slum. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Paraguayan Immigrants Honor The 'Blue Virgin' In Argentina

Thousands of Paraguayan immigrants living along the polluted Riochuelo river in Argentina's capital celebrate their "Blue Virgin" every year with a grueling but joyful 10-hour procession.

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