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date: 02 June 2020

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Throughout the history of Christianity in Latin America, Mary has been portrayed in multiple manifestations (e.g. Our Lady of Charity in Cuba, Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in the Dominican Republic, and Nossa Senhora Aparecida in Brazil). She is the official patron of countries, cities, and neighborhoods, known by many names in devotional practices, and central to the region’s religio-social history. Given Latin America’s rich, varied, and complex expressions of both Christianity and Marian Devotions, this chapter focuses on three separate understandings of Mary as presented by Richard Nebel: (1) the person of Mary, (2) the deep affective bond that encompasses millions of her devotees, and (3) the genuine evangelization of the people devoted to her. As an example of these three theological trajectories, the chapter offers a reflection on the Guadalupe Event and its continued broad impact on the faith life of her devotees.

Keywords: Clodomiro Siller-Acuña, La Madre Dolorosa, Madres de Las Plaza de Mayo, Marian devotion, marianismo, Nahautl culture, the Nican Mopohua, Our Lady of Charity, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Virgin of the Massacre

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