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A panoramic view of the modern, two-level Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, completed in 1976, left, and the older basilica built in 1531. The shrine was built near the hill where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to St. Juan Diego. His cloak, on which the Virgin's image appeared, is on display in the basilica.
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Father D'Anjou leading pilgrimage to Mexico

Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou

I look forward to you joining me on a pilgrimage in February 2018 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico.

I have visited Mexico many times and have never left disappointed. The warmth of the people, their rich cultural heritage; the sights, sounds and smells of this special land have always been a rich experience for me.

The highlight of our trip will be a visit to the Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built on the spot where Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531.

We will see the poncho worn by St. Juan Diego on which the image of Mary is miraculously preserved; the image which brought about the Christian conversion of millions of the indigenous people within only 10 years.

In addition, pilgrims will see the Cathedral of Mexico City and the world-renowned Anthropology Museum (a truly amazing place). We will visit the ancient city of Teotihuacan and learn how the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe brought about a peaceful end to the pagan rituals practiced there.

In addition to celebrating Holy Mass each day, we will take in the beautiful countryside of Mexico as we travel to the lovely colonial city of Puebla to see its amazing cathedral and famous pottery works.

Each pilgrimage brings with it a special blessing — something only God can give. Perhaps you will join us for this memorable encounter with Mary and the land and people she herself came to visit.

(Father Lawrence D'Anjou is pastor at St. Raymond Parish, Dublin.)

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