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PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful: A journey along Costa Rica’s romería

Many pilgrims come from afar to make good on different types of promises, such as Franklin Arturo Garita Quirós, from Paquera, Puntarenas, who was sued by the Environment Ministry in 1986 after he was accused of deforesting his property. He made a promise to the Virgin of Los Ángeles, known as "la negrita," that if he won the case, he would walk every year to her statue in Cartago, as he's done for the past 29 years.

19 photos from Costa Rica’s annual romería

Every year, an estimated 2 million people from across Central America leave their homes and begin walking to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in Cartago, east of the capital, to pay their respects to Costa Rica's patron saint, known locally as La Negrita.

Modern dance, ancient pilgrimage and other happenings around Costa Rica

A roundup of the best events going on August 1-7.

La Negrita, please fix my peacock

On Friday and Saturday, thousands of Catholics will converge on the Basilica de Nuestra Señora Los Ángeles in Cartago for Costa Rica's annual pilgrimage, the romería.

President Solís to sit out annual Costa Rican religious pilgrimage to Cartago

“The subject of my faith as a believer is mine, with my Lord,” President Luis Guillermo Solís said, who never participated in the romería as a citizen and says he won't start now.

Costa Rica’s patron saint to be enthroned in the Vatican

A replica of the Virgin of Los Angeles, the patron saint of Costa Rica, will be enthroned at the Vatican, according to Costa Rica’s ambassador to the Vatican, Fernando Sánchez.

‘La Negrita’ receives the faithful in Cartago

Ticos bring their prayers and promises to the Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago Friday for the annual pilgrimage in honor of the country's patron saint, which is as much a festival as an act of religious devotion.

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