NINO DE ATOCHA (INFANT OF ATOCHA)
The story of El Nino de Atocha is this:
When the Moors conquered the town of Atocha, Spain, in the 1400s they imprisoned the Christians and provided them with no food. The people would have starved to death but for a little boy dressed as a pilgrim who appeared at the jail every day with a basket of food, some grain for bread, and a gourd full of water. When the Moors were expelled, the Christians were released, and it was believed that the miraculous little boy was none other than the infant Jesus.
In later years El Nino de Atocha appeared again in the vicinity of Atocha, where he performed other miracles, such as staving off a rape in progress.
Today he is revered as the special Patron for those who are in prison, living under regimes of political torture, those in trouble with the I.N.S., victims of crimes including rape and abduction, those facing a court case, and those who, by virtue of circumstances, require help from outside for the opening of their way.
The little Mexican nicho (metal niche or wall altar) shown here depicts El Nino de Atocha on a printed holy card under the favourable gaze of The All-Seeing Eye.
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