Catholic Church cancels Guadalupe pilgrimage over pandemic

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation Monday of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico’s Episcopal Conference said in a statement that the basilica will be closed from December 10-13. The Virgin is celebrated on Dec. 12 and for weeks in advance, pilgrims travel from across Mexico to gather by the millions in Mexico City.

The church recommended that “the Guadalupe celebrations be held in churches or at home, avoiding gatherings and with the appropriate health measures.”

Bishop Salvador Martínez, rector at the basilica, said recently in a video circulated on social media that as many as 15 million pilgrims visit during the first two weeks of December.

Many of the pilgrims arrive on foot, some carrying large representations of the Virgin.

The basilica holds an image of the Virgin that is said to have miraculously imprinted itself on a cloak belonging to the Indigenous peasant Juan Diego in 1531.

The church recognized that 2020 has been a trying year and that many of the faithful want to seek consolation at basilica, but said that conditions don’t permit a pilgrimage that brings so many into close contact.

At the basilica, church authorities said they couldn’t remember its doors being closed for another Dec. 12. But newspaper reports from nearly a century ago show that the church formally closed the basilica and with withdrew priests from 1926 to 1929 in protest of anti-religious laws, but accounts from the time described thousands sometimes flocking to the basilica despite the lack of a Mass.

Mexico has reported more than 1 million infections with the new coronavirus and 101,676 COVID-19 deaths.

Panorama Hispano is the regional news and information newspaper for Hispanic and other diverse communities.

US Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States numbering 54.2 million as of July 2014. Serving: Buffalo, Rochester, Fredonia, Niagara Falls, NY and Erie, PA. Outside our Market area: Visit our affiliate at: http://www.impremedia.com/

Contact us: Contact@PanoramaHispanoNews.com

Featured News

Jan 17, 2021
Compañías en Estados Unidos ofrecen incentivos para empleados que se vacunen

Al tiempo que la vacunación continúa en Estados Unidos, algunas compañías están ofreciendo incentivos económicos para alentar a sus empleados a recibir la inyección. Dollar General es una de las primeras compañías importantes en anunciar un pago adicional a sus trabajadores que sean vacunados. La minorista con sede en Goodlettsville, Tennessee, que opera cerca de […]

Read More
Jan 16, 2021
Major Boost to Great Lakes Funding, Backed by Higgins, Becomes Law

Great Lakes Funding to Grow to $475 Million by 2026 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, announced the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (GLRI) has been signed into law, delivering a major increase in funding for the Great Lakes. Higgins, an original cosponsor of the bill, said “Western […]

Read More
Jan 16, 2021
Documental rastrea ataque del FBI a Martin Luther King Jr.

NUEVA YORK (AP) — Las primeras imágenes del documental “MLK/FBI” incluyen tomas de la marcha de 1963 en el Washington Mall que hoy resultan más impactantes debido a su pacifismo. La marcha culminó en uno de los momentos más indelebles del movimiento por los derechos civiles, el discurso “Tengo un sueño” de Martin Luther King […]

Read More

popular categories

Copyright © 2021 Panorama Hispano News. All Rights Reserved.
crossmenuchevron-downmenu-circlecross-circle
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram