Religion: Brothers of the Dead

Guadix (pop. 26,000). on the sun-hammered Spanish plain of Andalusia, is a poor town in a poor land. Along the dusty path to the cemetery of Guadix one day last week, the relations of Paula Pilar Magan carried her body in its rough coffin.

Most Spanish graveyards are places of desolation and decay presided over by gravediggers so thieving and callous that relations often slash the clothes of the dead to keep their bodies from being stripped. At best, the family of Paula Pilar Magan could expect nothing but the hasty dumping of a box into a hole.

Instead, three friars met them...

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