These two nuns were the only nuns I saw trekking the 20-plus miles from Santa Fe to the Santuario de Chimayo for the pre-Easter traditional celebration. This annual venture pulls thousands to journey along stations of the cross set upon the hilltops of the high desert.
We have our women in burquas, too, but we're not used to seeing them on the Christians. Nunneries are in decline and there is only one nun left in Santa Fe who belonged to the Sisters of Loretto.
3/30 Update: The Vatican just announced that Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion. Catholics make up 17.4 percent of the world population but Muslims make up 19.2 percent (all Christians, including Catholics, make up 33 percent of the world population).