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December 17, 2008
Pilgrims offer Ricardo Perez Rodriguez a soft drink, as he, along with his dog "Resistance," complete a promise to St. Lazaro by dragging himself to the Iglesia del Rincon church south of Havana. Perez made a promise 11 years ago to save the life of his son. Every year on December 17, tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the Rincon church to honour St. Lazaro, the patron saint of the helpless and disabled and at the same time known in Cuba as Babalu Aye in the Santeria religion.