MEXICO: Madre Conchita's Martyrdom

After a beautiful woman, Mexicans most love a martyr. Next best is a hero. For a dozen years comely, dark-eyed Conception Aceveda de la Llata, Madre Conchita (a Capuchin nun), has been all three. She became a sort of Mexican Tom Mooney.

Twelve years ago Madre Conchita was arrested, charged with exerting an occult influence over the assassin who shot down Catholic-hounding President-elect General Don Alvaro Obregon. She was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in the grim penal colony on the Tres Marias Islands. With gentle, biblical good spirits she went to work...

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