Thousands of pilgrims arrive at the Basilica of Guadalupe to celebrate the Virgin

Mexico City, Dec. 11 (EFE). two years of restrictions due to the pandemic.

En medio de un ambiente de religioso y festivo, lleno de fe y esperanza, los miles de peregrinos, llegados de differenta partes del país, avanzaron por differenta avenidas de la capital mexicana para arribar este 11 y 12 de diciembre al recinto católico.

“Obviamente this year there have been more assistants than the previous two years with the pandemic,” said Eduardo Hernández, a university student and resident of the neighborhood of the municipality of Chimalhuacán, Estado de México, who arrived at the temple by bike in an interview with EFE. .

He said that this is the second occasion that he attended the Basilica and now he is in a “más normal” situation after the pandemic.

Agotados tras tens o cientos de kilometers recorridos, en miles de casos aa pie, durante las ultimas horas o días, los feligreses llegan al recinto religioso para visitar unos minutos a su “madre”, como llaman a la Virgen de Guadalupe y para cantarle ” Las Mañanitas”, canción de cumpleaños tradicional en México, así como cumplir sus oraciones y llevarle peticiones y agradecimientos.

“En la pandemia estuvimos bajo el manto de la virgen y nos va cuidar”, told EFE Gilberto Ortiz, an ingeniero en electronics que asistió para gracias por su trabajo y su salud.

Como católico dijo que es toda una experiencia estar en el templó durante estos días. “No es lo mismo ser testigo participar de esto a que te lo cuenten”, he expounded.

ESPERA RÉCORD DE VISITANTES

El pasado jueves, en conference de pressa, la alcaldesa de la Ciudad de México, Claudia Sheinbaum, estimated that around 10 million people were expected to visit, esto por el fin de restrictions tras la pandemia.

Meanwhile, the Secretaría de Seguridad Ciudadana (SSC) announced that it would deploy 5,400 police officers as part of the “Bienvenido Peregrino 2022” operation, although there would be around 20,000 public servants.

“We are not used to visiting the Basilica today, but today we have the opportunity to come. We see a lot of people and a lot of security,” said young Natalia Medina, one of the thousands of visitors this Sunday.

The deployment of the agents is carried out in the vicinity of the Marian Temple, as well as in the road accesses to Mexico City and in the roads used as a route for the arrival of pilgrims.

A few days ago, the Archdiocese of Mexico recorded that by this year 2022 the Basilica of Guadalupe was ready to receive all persons who wish to make pilgrimages to the site and announced that it contemplated a “historical record” of pilgrims in the festivities for the Virgin of Guadalupe.

According to estimates, a record of more than 10.5 million visitors is expected this year at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The ecclesiastical authorities asked the visitors to respect the public spaces and take the security measures necessary to get to their destination, esto ante los riesgos que suele correr especially las peregrinaciones que viagen pie o en autobuses.

Además, recommendaron el uso de cubrebocas, pues dijeron que aunque han diminuido los efectos y los riesgos de contagio, se podría presentar “un repunte de enfermedades” frecuentes en esta temporada inverna.

On the occasion of Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, which is celebrated on December 12, millions of pilgrims travel from all corners of Mexico, from other countries of America and even from other continents to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The faith in the Virgin of Guadalupe arose in Mexico on December 12, 1531, when the legend says that this Virgin Morena appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego, who was canonized in 2002 by Pope Juan Pablo II, in the Cerro del Tepeyac. , a cuyos pies se ubica actualmente la basílica.

(c) Agencia EFE

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