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The Vatican Has Deemed La Santa Muerte’s Following As A Cult But It Just Keeps Growing

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La Santa Muerte, a religious deity symbolizing death, has built a cult following throughout Latin America. Often depicted as a hooded female skeleton, believers will leave offerings of money, tobacco, and alcohol to Santa Muerte statuettes, hoping to be granted favors in exchange for their gifts.

Andrew Chestnut, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and expert on La Santa Muerte, claims that the spiritual figure originated in Europe and arrived in Mexico with Spanish conquistadors who brought Catholicism to the indigenous people of country.

The Vatican and the Catholic church have distanced themselves from the Saint of Holy Death, with some clergy members calling the saint blasphemous.

But that hasn’t stopped La Santa Muerte’s popularity from growing exponentially, with her most famous shrine standing in downtown Mexico City.

La Santa Muerte is a saint your parents probably wouldn’t tell you about.


La Santa Muerte has her own following separate from other religions. According to The Huffington Post, some devotees still actively practice other religions while simultaneously praying to the deity.

Most images of La Santa Muerte are of a skeleton wearing saint-like garments.


While the rate of practicing Catholics continues to decline, La Santa Muerte’s followers are actually growing.

“She has between 10 and 12 million devotees, and she’s only been public for 12 years,” Andrew Chesnut, the author of “Devoted To Death,” told Vice.

You can’t deny that this saint is a bit creepy, with her Grim Reaper-like appearance.


Part of the folklore surrounding La Santa Muerte is that she is the most efficient and fastest-responding saint, but that service comes at a price.

La Santa Muerte will answer your prayers, but only if you make her a promise. Failure to follow through on your end has serious repercussions, like the loss of a loved one.


After decades as a fringe saint, La Santa Muerte is experiencing a revival and has been launched into the mainstream consciousness of Mexicans, South Americans and Catholics the world over.


According to The National Catholic Review, the jump to the mainstream world has the Catholic church so startled that officials are grasping for ways to push La Santa Muerte back into obscurity.

The Catholic church is classifying the devotion to the saint as a Satanic cult.


Enriqueta Romero is heavily credited for bringing La Santa Muerte out of the shadows. According to OZY, Romero is a former homemaker who has become the leading crusader of La Santa Muerte. The first real altar to the saint appeared in front of her home in Mexico City’s Barrio Tepito, notorious for its crime and black market. Romero is joined by Enriqueta Vargas, known as the godmother of La Santa Muerte, as the other leader in the cult of La Santa Muerte.

Romero and Enriqueta Vargas are making sure that the saint is recognized throughout Mexico.

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That’s right. Two women with the same name have taken a stance against the Catholic church and have helped build the mainstream idolization of the deathly saint. Vargas lives in Tultitlán and performs weddings and baptisms for followers of La Santa Muerte.

Despite a continued campaign against La Santa Muerte, the Catholic church seems to be losing the battle.


“Many people here have a devotion to her and still consider themselves good Catholics,” Chesnut told The Catholic National Review. “And that is a real challenge for the church.”

Romero is not concerned over the continued pressure by the Catholic church to hide La Santa Muerte.

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“They can just go ahead and do that,” Romero told National Geographic. “But have you seen how empty their churches are?”


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Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, sat for a day of confirmation hearings as Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State and Marco Rubio was there for it. Rubio started by asking Tillerson questions about the ongoing debate on cyberattacks and hacking that the CIA, FBI, and NSA have linked to Russia.

Rubio then asked if Tillerson would be able to detach his personal interests and business relations if Congress demands sanctions against a foreign leader. Tillerson did not give a direct answer to either question, saying he needed more information before he could make a decision.

The confirmation really got heated when the Florida Senator dragged Tillerson over his clear and worrisome ties to Russia and Vladamir Putin. Rubio, who is part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that questioned Trump’s pick, made it clear that he was not satisfied with Tillerson’s answers when questioned about Russia and their actions against foreign enemies.

This was America when Rubio started his intense takedown of Tillerson.

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Rubio: Let me ask you this question. Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?

Tillerson: I would not use that term.

Rubio: Well, let me describe the situation in Aleppo and perhaps that will help you reach that conclusion. In Aleppo, Mr. Putin has directed his military to conduct a devastating campaign. He’s targeted schools, markets, not just assisted the Syrians in doing it, his military has targeted schools and markets and other civilian infrastructure. It’s resulted in the deaths of thousands of civilians. This is not the first time Mr. Putin was involved in campaigns of this kind. [Rubio continued to elaborate on the Chechen-Russian conflict that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Chechen civilians when Putin was the prime minister.]

Tillerson: Those are very, very serious charges to make and I would want to have much more information before reaching a conclusion. I understand there is a body of record in the public domain. I’m sure there’s a body of record in the classified domain. And I think in order to deal with a serious question like this. I want to be fully informed before advising the president.

Rubio: Well, I encourage you, there is so much information out there about what’s happened in Aleppo, leaving the Chechen issue aside, what happened there is clearly documented as well. There’s so much information out there. It should not be hard to say that Vladimir Putin’s military has conducted war crimes in Aleppo because it is never acceptable, you would agree, for a military to specifically target civilians, which is what’s happened there, through the Russian military. And I find it discouraging, your inability to cite that, which I think is globally accepted.


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