AP PHOTOS: Folk Saints Blossom in Pope's Backyard

November 13, 2014 5:09 AM

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In his humble neighborhood of tin shacks, dirt roads and a towering garbage dump, Carlos Marquez has found a reason to give thanks on the 8th of every month.

On that date, the ex-convict opens the door to a sanctuary he built from recycled garbage that holds shrines to two of his favorite folk saints: Argentina's death saint, San La Muerte, and a legendary outlaw revered by the poor, Gauchito Gil, who had his throat slit by police on Jan. 8, 1878.

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