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28 November 2020

The pity of women

Popular piety is a language that is composed of external signs and shared customs through which people express their religiosity. This devotion, especially that of Catholics, can include pilgrimages to sacred places, visits to sanctuaries, local worship of the Virgin and saints, the custom of kissing and touching sacred statues, venerating relics, reciting litanies, reserving holy saints and others besides. Confronted with the increasingly diffused participation in these customs in many parts of the world -a phenomenon that is provoked during times of crisis and pandemics-, Women Church World invites us to reflect on devotion as an expression of a people on their way and who thirst for God. In addition, this month, the magazine looks at the role women have played in encouraging this on a collective level and in their witnessing of it as a personal commitment to the common good.