In an age-old mission village lives Padre Argos, ministering with wonderful power to the sick, the grieving and the sinful of his quaint flock. In the Padre's flock is a passionate, wayward girl for whom the priest feels much compassion, because she has been misled by the town swaggerer, Juan Mendoza, but Piedad, the gossip of the community, leads the people to a misunderstanding of the Padre's tender humility and love of justice. One moonlight night Maria lays a new-born babe on the church steps with a pathetic note to the Padre, appealing to him to find a home for her child. In the morning as the villagers are on their way to work a crowd collects at the church to look at the baby, and Piedad, the hypocrite, warns the simple folk not to touch this child of sin, or they themselves win be contaminated. All fall back from the innocent babe as from a thing unclean. Padre Argos comes from the church, reads the pathetic note, takes the babe in his arms, kisses it, and demands if there is ...
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