The Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico will close its doors on its main holiday due to the coronavirus pandemic

November 24, 2020

The Government of the Mexican capital reported that the Basilica of Guadalupe will not open during the celebration of the Day of the Virgin, on December 12.

The religious venue will close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic to about 10 million parishioners who annually gather to pray to the traditional Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Government of the capital and the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate (CEM) reported this Monday that due to “the sanitary conditions that the country is experiencing” due to covid-19, it will not be allowed to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe “pilgrimage together to her sanctuary.”

“Together, we have decided that the distinguished and National Basilica of Guadalupe remain closed from December 10 to 13, so we invite the Guadalupan celebrations to take place in their parishes or at home,” the authorities reported.

Every year, thousands of parishioners from all over the Mexican Republic go on pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe, located in the Gustavo A. Madero mayor’s office, where according to legend, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on 12 December 1531.

Given the closure of the campus due to the pandemic, the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate enabled a virtual program for ‘Guadalupan devotees’.

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