In this July 20, 2013 photo, a woman holds up a replica of the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida as others wave flags with her image at a Mass ahead of World Youth Day in Sao Paulo, Bra

 

              In this July 20, 2013 photo, a woman holds up a replica of the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida as others wave flags with her image at a Mass ahead of World Youth Day in Sao Paulo, Bra
In this July 20, 2013 photo, a woman holds up a replica of the statue of the Virgin of Aparecida as others wave flags with her image at a Mass ahead of World Youth Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The appeal of Brazil's patron saint has transcended the church's legions of faithful in the world's biggest Catholic country. She's been syncretized with the goddess of love and maternity in a Brazilian religion with roots in west Africa, and her dark complexion has endeared her to blacks and those with a mix of black and white heritage, both of whom make up about half of Brazil's population. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)