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Father Casimiro Roca blesses the grandson of a pilgrim among the Good Friday crowd. The 71-year-old priest stands guard near the front of the church through most of the week-long pilgrimage to bless visitors and answer questions. He doesn't accept the legends of Chimayó as literally true. Instead Father Roca maintains great respect for the power of faith. "I don't believe in dirt. I believe in people."
Father Casimiro Roca blesses the grandson of a pilgrim among the Good Friday crowd. The 71-year-old priest stands guard near the front of the church through most of the week-long pilgrimage to bless visitors and answer questions. He doesn't accept the legends of Chimayó as literally true. Instead Father Roca maintains great respect for the power of faith. "I don't believe in dirt. I believe in people."
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