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PHOTOS: Hispanic parishioners in Vale pay tribute to ‘Lupita’

Juventino Paz, far right, helps Lorenzo Paz carry an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at a celebration in honor of the saint Thursday, Dec. 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Vale. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

VALE – Inside a glass case on the grounds of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Vale there stands an unlikely figure: a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.

She’s draped in a garland of pink roses and angels, and stars radiate behind her. A Mexican flag cascades down her side and . . .