New Mexico newspaper puts Virgin Mary in bikini

CREATED Jun 25, 2013

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Santa Fe, NM (KTNV) -- The image of the Virgin Mary of Guadeloupe is sacred for Catholics. So when she appeared in a New Mexico cartoon, wearing almost nothing, locals were livid.

Published in the Santa Fe Reporter, the image shows Mary in a bikini, sipping on a margarita.

The Reporter chose it as the photo for its 2013 Summer Guide.

The editor of the Santa Fe Reporter released a statement on her blog that states, "The cover design wasn't intended to insult anybody."

She felt that it incorporated important imagery, that reflected the values and cultures of the city.