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Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic ReturnTransnationalism and the Roman Catholic Church$
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Valentina Napolitano

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267484

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267484.001.0001

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The Virgin of Guadalupe

The Virgin of Guadalupe

A Nexus of Affects

(p.127) 5. The Virgin of Guadalupe
Migrant Hearts and the Atlantic Return

Valentina Napolitano

Fordham University Press

This chapter, explores the changing heart of Catholic migration while engaging with presences of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Rome. It focuses on Mexican transnational returns of histories and the affective politics of celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe in Rome, arguing that these transnational Catholic devotions contain or exceed the affect of a nation. Through an ethnographic attention to the forms that this transnational religious celebration has taken within a four-year period, the chapter foregrounds gendered complexities and anxieties that these celebrations unleash as a strengthening of a traditionalist Roman Catholic Church. The chapter argues that a study at the heart of the transnational Roman Catholic Church needs to engage different haunting presences in the political imagination of transnational displacement and re-emplacements. This is also illuminated by a focus on repressed and returned histories, histories that may come back sometimes in symptomatic forms around issues of the nation and its relation to Catholicism.

Keywords:   affects, Catholicism, Cristero War, Mexico, nation, psychoanalysis, Rome, Virgin of Guadalupe

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