A binational temple for a transnational Virgin: the construction of the Argentine-Uruguayan Hortus Conclusus sanctuary in Palestine

Sebastián Hernández Méndez*

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Abstract

The article studies the construction process of the Argentine-Uruguayan Hortus Conclusus sanctuary, inaugurated in Palestine in 1902. It focuses on the project’s diffusion and the construction of solidarity networks between Latin America, Rome and Palestine articulated by the Archbishop of Montevideo Mariano Soler. The central argument is that the case studied exhibits some particularities of the “global turn” of the Catholic Church in the Río de la Plata, which rather than being a passive recipient of congregations, images and devotions received from European “centers” of Catholic renovation, functioned as a dynamic space of appropriation and even universalization for many of these forms and images. This can be perceived by reconstructing the life of transnational agents and projects that linked different places in the world, amplifying the global consciousness of Catholicism at the local, national, and continental levels. Also, the article exemplifies how a Marian devotion was able to function as a symbolic space in service of political identities, and as a vehicle for (trans)national movements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-348
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Iberian and Latin American Studies
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the Chilean National Agency for Research and Development (ANID) / National Doctoral Grant - 21191337, and by the Fondo de Ayuda a la Investigación from Universidad de los Andes, Chile. I thank Francisco J. Ramón Solans, Ricardo Cubas Ramacciotti, Álvaro Caso and Santiago de Arteaga for reading, commenting on and offering suggestions to this text.

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • Hortus Conclusus sanctuary
  • Marian devotions
  • Mariano Soler
  • Palestine
  • Uruguay and Argentina
  • global Catholicism

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