Holy Child of Atocha

Niño de Atocha

Miraculous Child of Atocha, I pay you back with this retablo for protecting me from the devil who appeared on my way, but you chased him away. Thank you.

Casildo Villa
Puebla, on July 9, 1939

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Teofila Mendes thanks the Holy Child of Atocha because the artist Frida gave her a doll for her daughter on the Three Kings’ Day.

Mexico, 1939

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Luis Dias brings this retablo thanking the Holy Child of Atocha for the success he had with his bottle factory. He distributes them in various countries.

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Pedro Telles was spying on his neighbor from the roof; and one day he was struck by a lightning. WIth this retablo, he thanks the Holy Child of Atocha because he didn’t die, although he often stutters.

Thank you, Holy Child of Atocha, for your favors. I was talking with Mariana about our decision to live together. We were staying near the cabaret where she worked and where we had met each other. Suddenly I felt acute pain in my chest. It was the Mariana’s ex-pimp who shot me. But thanks to the saint the bullet didn’t hit the heart but split my collarbone. After that I asked at my work to transfer me to Monterrey where we started our new life.

Lorenzo Lozada
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, 1962

The evening of November 2, the Day of the Dead, in the vicinity of San Javier, Pancho Garcia and his donkey ran into a wandering dead soul. Pancho entrusted himself to the Holy Child of Atocha and could escape with his donkey from the danger. He thanks for that.


Rafael Gomez came home and found his son drowning in the pool. He thanks the Holy Child of Atocha for being there in time so he was able to save the boy. He promises to look after his son more carefully.

Catarino Telles, Nicolasa Ramirez’ son, was in bad conduiton after being hit in the testicles by a mule. No remedy would help him. Then he was entrusted to the Holy Child of Atocha.The next morning, he woke up healthy. He gives this retablo in gratitude.

Real del Monte, 1909

With this humble retablo, I thank the Holy Child of Atocha for granting me health so I could celebrate another Christmas and holidays with my family and keep carrying the pilgrims because it’s the annual tradition. May you be blessed.

Doña Clarita Pantoja
Tlaxcala, Mexico

I was participating in a powerlifting competition, and, trying to hard, I farted during my attempt. I made myself a laughing stock before the judges. From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Holy Child of Atocha because despite this incident I took the second place. With the money I won, I could help my parents to open their shop.

Rufino Valdez, Yucatan

Cristobal Ramirez came home drunk and smelling of whores. His wife got pissed off and threw the working iron at him while he was in the bath. He thanks the Holy Child of Atocha for he survived and only stutters. And his wife is in jail.

Maria Juaquina Jimenez thanks the Holy Child of Atocha with this retablo for he made so she finally met the painter Frida in person and got her autograph.

Mexico, 1945

The girl Josefina Robles thanks the Holy Child of Atocha because her cat who was lost has come back, little bit weaker and injured. She will take care of him until he’ll be recovered. She offers this retablo to the saint for this miracle.

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