MEXICO: The Bellringer

On a wooden platform in the west tower of the Mexico City Cathedral, a wizened little man worked a 500-lb. clapper back & forth until the great bell gave tongue. With all the majesty of her 155 years and the strength of her 27,000 pounds, sonorous Santa María de Guadalupe boomed out the first glad tidings of Easter.

The little man, swinging the clapper again, looked anxiously toward the east tower—and thence, clear and sweet as the day she was cast 193 years ago, answered Dona María de la Asunción. A moment later Las Chiquitas, San Pablo, Dolores, Santa Delicates, Los...

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