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  • Pilgrims pleased with new pope

    Pilgrims to the Santuario de Chimayo where pleased with the election of Jorge Bergoglio as leader of the Catholic Church. Here are some of their thoughts on Pope Francis.

    Maria Sena: "I think he's a great pope. There are a lot of Latinos in the church, and I think with him being Latino he may understand their needs. And he doesn't go for the wealth, like the red shoes and things."

    Mika Tari: "I think it's good. It's nice we have someone who's experienced with the working class and from an order that's committed to helping people. It's good to have someone in that position that really wants to focus on disadvantaged people."

    Argelina Barraza: "I think he's really open-minded and he seems really kind. I hope he'll change stuff like the sexual abuse. That has got to stop."

    Norma Bustillos: "I'm full of hope. I think we'll experience a lot of changes. He's Hispanic. This is the first time, so it's hard to say what will happen, but I think we'll see a lot of changes."

    Salvador Salas: "I'm glad to see we finally got one who is not European. I think he'll be a great asset to us Catholics."

  • Santuario has historic roots

    Legends about the Chimayo's healing powers date back to the Tewa-speaking Puebloan Indians, whose oral histories tell of healing springs that have since dried up. When the Spanish arrived, they learned that the indigenous people viewed Chimayó (Tsi Mayoh in Tewa) as a sacred place where the earth had the power to cure illness. 

    The Santuario was built by Don Bernardo Abeyta in 1816. Many legends surround Abeyta and his chapel, but the one that draws pilgrims from all over New Mexico relates to the healing power accredited to the spot. 

    According to the legend, Abeyta was on the hillside watching his sheep, and very ill, when he had a vision of Jesus in the form of Nuestro Señor de Esquípulas (Our Lord of Esquípulas). The apparition beckoned him, and as he drew near, it disappeared. He knelt where the vision of Christ had stood and was instantly cured. 

    Abeyta built the chapel in gratitude. A hole in a side chapel is said to be the spot the healing took place, and many say the dirt taken from that spot has the power to heal.

  • Masks from around the world at Pinon

    In the tradition of Carnivale, the Pinon Elementary School students showed off their creativity for the celebration of masks around the world.

    Students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade created masks in Stephanie Rittner’s art class to show off during the school-wide multicultural parade, which was held on the campus Friday. “We wanted to have a parade just like Carnivale should be,” Rittner said.

    “We have a very diverse group of students here and we wanted to show that during this event,” Principal Jill Gonzales said. It was the first of its kind for the school.

    Funding came from the Artists’ In Residency program in conjunction with the state Fine Arts Grant. Retired art teacher Thelma Hahn participated as the Artist in Residence and aided the fourth and sixth graders in creating their masterpieces.

    Parents also were invited to share in the celebration.

    Jennifer Handy had two children in the parade; kindergartener Samantha and 6th grader Cameron. Some children’s masks were selected to be in an art show set for May. 

  • A journey of faith: Pilgrims make trek to Chimayo

    They come in the thousands.

    Some walk more than 100 miles over the course of several days. Some walk with family or friends, others walk alone. All will converge at the Santuario de Chimayo, where they will wait in long lines to enter the chapel to pray and retrieve some of the fabled Holy Dirt.

    The faithful take pilgrimages to Chimayó year round to pray for healing, for help for a loved one or in thanksgiving for an answered prayer. The flow of pilgrims is stepped up during Lent, when any day of the week you may see people walking singly or in small groups. On weekends during Lent churches organize groups of walkers.

    It all culminates on Good Friday, when thousands of pilgrims converge on Chimayo from every direction. Many start in Nambe, where they will have a 10- to 11-mile walk to the chapel. A surprising number walk 30 miles from Santa Fe. The pilgrims come from all directions.

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  • Injured hiker found dead in NM's Sandia Mountains

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rescue crews say an injured hiker in the Sandia Mountains has died.

    Bernalillo Fire and State Police Search and Rescue crews went to the crest Friday and started hiking down the La Luz trail to find the hiker.

    They say he was dead by the time they reached him.

    The man's name hasn't been released yet.

    KOB-TV reports that crews are treating the incident as an accident and working to determine the cause of death.

    Authorities say the initial call for help came into dispatch around 3 p.m. Friday from someone on the trail.

    It's not immediately clear if the man was hiking with anyone else.