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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:00 am

Alberto Salinas welcomes the public to his home to celebrate the life of the healer known as El Niño Fidencio, to whom he has devoted his life.

Salinas says he channels the spirit of José Fidencio Sintora Constantino, a Mexican folk healer most widely known as El Niño Fidencio.

And for three days, from Friday to Sunday, Salinas and his fellow friends who practice Fidencismo, a faith-based dedication to Fidencio, will celebrate the healer's life at Salinas' home.

"We hope that we may be able to provide some spiritual confidence," Salinas said.

Born in 1898, Fidencio reached nationwide fame in Mexico as a curandero, a healer, when he used his abilities to treat Plutarcio Elijas Calles, president of Mexico at the time. He treated Calles' skin disease by covering the president in honey and leaving him in a room for four hours, according to Monitor archives.

The Monitor reported a series of stories about Salinas and Fidencismo in a November 2006 series titled "El Niño Fidencio: Faith at a Crossroads."

Since those stories were published, Salinas said he continues to channel Fidencio's spirit and welcomes anyone who cares to come to learn more at his Edinburg home at 5342 E. Mile 18 Road.

"People who know about Niño Fidencio know why they are coming to participate in the festivities," Salinas said.

But Salinas said he hopes to see plenty of newcomers visit the home of he and his wife, Lydia.

The three-day fiesta will include food, singing, dancing, spiritual healing - and a chance to learn about Fidencio's life, Salinas said.

"For people who are ill, physically and otherwise, people who need healing prayer, we are going to provide some of those services for the public who come by," Salinas said. "Find out what Niño Fidencio is all about."

Jared Taylor covers law enforcement and general assignments for The Monitor. You can reach him at (956) 683-4439.

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