Santa Muerte is a folk saint popular in Latin America, and in growing in popularity amongst hoodoo practitioners. She seems to have evolved from an indigenous skeletal goddess who became revered as a 'saint' to try to make her worship more acceptable under Catholic tradition, when it overtook the native practices.
Devotees pray to the saint at home-made altars and often offer votive candles, fruit and tequila in the hope Santa Muerte will grant their wishes.Cardinal Ravasi said the practice was "anti-religious". "Religion celebrates life, but here you have death," he said."It's not religion just because it's dressed up like religion; it's a blasphemy against religion", he said.