PARAGUAY
   
Nuestra Señora de CaacupéAt the end of the sixteenth century a converted Indian carved an image of the Blessed Mother from the same trunk of the tree that had saved him during an excursion in the mountains. In the year 1603 Lake Taaicuá flooded the Valley of Pirayú and swept away the image of the Blessed Mother. When the waters receded, the image appeared miraculously. The villagers started to invoke the Blessed Mother and to spread the devotion of "The Blessed Mother of the Miracles." A devoted man from the area who was a carpenter made a humble shrine for the image, and that is how the cult to the Blessed Mother of Caacupé was started.

   

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