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CURRENT ISSUE:  December 13, 2010
VOL. 48, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
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The procession moved from East 14th Street to the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
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There was standing room only in the cathedral. Participants honored the Virgin, who was represented in various art forms.

More than 2,500 people from different parishes in the Diocese of Oakland attended the pilgrimage in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Children, youth, adults and seniors joined the 7.5-mile procession, which began in the parish of St. Louis Bertrand on East 14th Street and ended at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, where Bishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated Mass.

He was accompanied by Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, Msgr. Tony Valdivia, Father Raymond Sacca, rector of the cathedral, and other Latino priests.

“I was surprised to see many people walking barefoot and elderly people who completed the entire journey,” said Hector Medina, director of Hispanic Ministry of the diocese and one of the organizers of the pilgrimage.

“It is a true manifestation of faith, of not only those actively engaged in the life of the Church and parishes, but also those who are not so close. They see this as an opportunity to express their faith,” he added.

Ten floats and 11 groups of dancers accompanied the pilgrims.

This is the fifth year of the Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage and the third to be held at the Cathedral, where 1.600 parishioners gathered to celebrate Mass. To accommodate the crowd, an adjoining Event Center conference room brought the Mass to them via closed-circuit television.

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