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Fidencismo

Growing in Mexico
”Fidencismo,” a fast growing Christian sect in northern Mexico and adjacent states in the U.S., focuses on faith healing. The sect, which now numbers some 250,000 followers, reveres early 20th century boy-healer Fidensio Constantino Transito, who is said to have use dirty water and glass-hard “scalpels” to miraculously cure the afflicted. [csr 2.1 2003]

An October gathering in Espinoza, in the state of Durango, where Fidensio lived, drew 100,000. Healers immersed patients in a muddy pond, lifted them in the air on swings, or made them circle a pine tree, supposedly ways to cure them of serious illnesses. (Juan Alberto Cedillo, EFE Agency, Internet, 10/22/02 Note: EFE is an information agency) [csr 2.1 2003]