Hispanic parishioners at St. Anne Church in North Little Rock venerate the traveling statue of Our Lady of Zapopan following Spanish Mass there July 27.
The statue, a replica of the original on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan in Jalisco, Mexico, was making its first visit to Arkansas. Our Lady of Zapopan (pronounced sa-PO-pan) is a highly revered image of the Blessed Mother, who is the patroness of the city and whose miraculous protection is invoked in times of epidemics, storms and lightning. Every year, since 1734, there are processions of the statue around Jalisco from June to October.
The Arkansas tour ran from July 19 to Aug. 3 with stops at 19 Catholic churches in the diocese, escorted by three Franciscan friars from Mexico.
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