The statue of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida, stands behind glass inside the basilica named after her in the town of Aparecida, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Revered a

 

              The statue of Brazil
The statue of Brazil's patron saint, the Virgin of Aparecida, stands behind glass inside the basilica named after her in the town of Aparecida, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Revered across the width and breadth of Brazil, Aparecida's appeal 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. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)