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Mexico’s Emblematic Virgin of Guadalupe

BY THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS     She is the patron saint of Mexico and the focal point of the world’s most visited Christian pilgrimage site. Her image is seen in virtually every Mexican Catholic church and is even caricaturized in hip teenage accessories ranging from school backpacks to chic little blouses. And yet, for all her omnipresent influence in Mexican culture, the story

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Navigating Mexico: Day of the Dead Goes Global

By JUAN DE JESÚS BREENE  PUERTO VALLARTA, Jalisco — Mexico’s two-day Day of the Dead celebration (Nov. 1 and Nov. 2) has always been an intricate element of the national culture, taking its roots in pre-Hispanic observations and incorporating Christian tweets under the watchful eyes of the Catholic Church during colonial times. But how did celebrating the Day of the

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Spinoza’s Eternal Wisdom

OPINION By ENRIQUE KRAUZE What do the writings of Baruch Spinoza, a remote, 17th century Dutch philosopher of Dutch philosopher of Jewish Portuguese origins, have to say about the predicaments of the 21st century? A lot, because the fanaticisms that he faced alone in his time have multiplied in ours. The fanaticism of his times provoked religious wars; the current

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Catholic Clergy Responds to Protestant Group’s Defense of AMLO

By KELIN DILLON Just days after Protestant Christian leader and president of the National Confraternity of Christian and Evangelical Churches (Confraternice) Arturo Farela Gutiérrez spoke out in defense of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) “hugs, not bullets” policy for addressing violence and publicly criticized the Catholic Church as “setting the country on fire,” members of the Mexican Catholic

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Protestant Leader Defends AMLO against Catholic Church Criticisms

By KELIN DILLON After repeated tension between the Catholic Church and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) throughout the latter’s presidency, the president of the National Confraternity of Christian and Evangelical Churches (Confraternice), Arturo Farela Gutiérrez. has spoken out against the Church’s repeated distancing from López Obrador, claiming that it’s looking to “set the country on fire” through the

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After Two-Year Hiatus, Guelaguetza Festival Returns to Oaxaca

By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS After being suspended for two years due to the covid-19 pandemic, the most important traditional festival of Mexico’s central southern state of Oaxaca is set to return this year in all its color and glory starting on Monday, July 8. Now celebrating its 90th year, the Guelaguetza is a two-week extravaganza of music and dance from the various

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