Al Jazeera has posted a marvelous mini documentary on Santa Muerte. The video’s site says:
“She’s often depicted as the patron saint of murderers and narco-traffickers, and the Catholic Church condemns devotion to her as blasphemy. But Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is a Mexican folk saint with a growing following across North America, particularly among the marginalized – transsexuals, immigrants, the poor. A community of Santa Muerte devotees in Queens, New York, shows the life inherent in the worship of Saint Death as they prepare for their annual fiesta in her honor.”
This saint seems likely to be kept quite busy by her adherents in the coming four years.
Thanks to Soror Hypatia for the tip!