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Keeping the faith in Santa Fe

On the last Sunday in July, the altar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi resembles an upscale folk art gallery. “You bring your talents to the people. You praise God with your wonderful gifts,” Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan tells the artists who have created the wood carvings of saints and angels, dark crosses inlaid with golden straw, shiny tin boxes punctured with decorative patterns, jeweled images of the Sacred Heart, and painted wooden panels of Bible stories.

Noting that the world comes to Santa Fe to see their work, he assures the artists, “We will bless it — but not with so much holy water that you can’t sell it.”

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