Mexicans observe Our Lady of Guadalupe feast amid dire challenges

by David Agren | Catholic News Service  |  published on December 12, 2014

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Dressed in green T-shirts and clutching statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe covered in plastic, a group of pilgrims from Guerrero prayed, posed for photos in front of the basilica dedicated to the national patroness, set out on a march to their hometown in the hills south of Mexico City.

They described different reasons for coming to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the eve of the Dec. 12 feast day, celebrated at the spot in northern Mexico City where she appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531. The site is the world’s most visited Catholic shrine.

“For the Catholic faith,” said one woman. “For the Virgin,” said another. “To give thanks for the favors received throughout the year,” said schoolteacher Galileo Ruiz.

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