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Argentina’s Popular Saint Culture Whenever I leave the confines of Buenos Aires and explore the vast Argentina countryside, I’m always surprised by the religious fervor. The presence of the Catholic Church is strong in Argentina, even though it can be easy to forget that in the hustle and bustle of the city. However, there’s an unexpected contrast in that this devotion to the church is equally met with devotion to a wide number of popular saints that are in no way sanctioned by the church. There are alters dedicated to these saints all across the country. You’ll see them along the highways, often with people stopping to pay their respects, leaving offerings and prayers. How have these pagan saints become so popular amongst a deeply religious population? Legends of the tragic deaths of these underdogs or social outcasts resonate with people searching for hope. The facts blur as legends grow…