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The procession of Our Lady of the Dew in Málaga, Spain.

The procession of Our Lady of the Dew in Málaga, Spain.

Candles inside the chapel of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Candles inside the chapel of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

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The great thing about Catholic countries is that one can buy their votive candles in any local supermarket.

The great thing about Catholic countries is that one can buy their votive candles in any local supermarket.

Candles burning outside the Kerzenkapelle (Candle chapel) in Kevelaer, Germany.

Candles burning outside the Kerzenkapelle (Candle chapel) in Kevelaer, Germany.

A processional throne in Seville, Spain.

A processional throne in Seville, Spain.

A 1950s postcard of the candle procession at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal.

A 1950s postcard of the candle procession at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal.

Pilgrims lighting candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Pilgrims lighting candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

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Votive candles in Kevelaer, Germany.

Votive candles in Kevelaer, Germany.

A Lady chapel in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Èze, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

A Lady chapel in the church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Èze, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

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The shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the basilica of Hulst, the Netherlands.

Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Bijstand

The shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the basilica of Hulst, the Netherlands.

Pilgrims offer candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Pilgrims offer candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

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Votive candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston.

Votive candles in the basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston.

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A pilgrim lights a candle in the Lourdes grotto in Oostakker, Belgium.

A pilgrim lights a candle in the Lourdes grotto in Oostakker, Belgium.

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