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    Mexico’s Catholic Candle Business is Lighting Up

    It’s booming at both ends. The business of making candles bearing religious significance — like the image of the Virgin Mary — is on fire in Mexico, and not just for believers. The $21 million industry sells a lot of its candles to the 80 percent of Mexicans who identify as Catholic, of course, but they’re also hugely popular with atheist hipsters, lovers of kitsch and devotees of Mexican art. While Catholicism’s numbers are tapering off in the U.S. and Mexico, it’s unlikely to snuff out the business of waxen worship anytime soon.

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