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guadalupemass1210-6f_for-webMembers of the Federation Guadlupano of Connecticut carry the torch into the Cathedral of St. Joseph at the beginning of the Mass in 2010. (Photo by Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer)

HARTFORD – Around 5,000 runners are participating in the 10th annual relay from Mexico to New York in honor of the upcoming feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The massive run, which includes a stop at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Dec. 10, shows the widespread "love and respect for Our Lady of Guadalupe," organizer Mirian Dominguez told Catholic News Agency. "When we run, there's so much love, so much emotion."

Runners carry the torch of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The torch will arrive in Hartford for a Mass at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the cathedral. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will celebrate the Mass, which is expected to attract members of various parish and ethnic backgrounds from across the archdiocese. The Mass will also include a mariachi band to serenade the Virgin Mary, and traditional "cantos," or songs, will be sung.

The run will end at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12.

Before arriving in Connecticut, the torch will have made stops in more than a dozen southern and eastern states. In Connecticut, it is scheduled to stop in Norwalk, Bridgeport, West Haven, New Haven, Wallingford, Meriden and, finally, Hartford.

In total, the torch will have traveled over 3,100 miles.

Last year was the first time that the torch came to Hartford, and members of the Federation Guadalupano of Hartford, which transports the torch locally, hope it’s a tradition that will last forever.

Pedro Ruiz, president of the Federation Guadalupano, said the faithful, especially in the Hispanic communities, relate to the Virgin Mary in a very special way.

"She is our merciful mother and mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She is the spirit of the immigrant community, the one that unites us as brothers and sisters regardless of ethnic background," he said.

According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego near Mexico City on Dec. 12, 1531. She asked him to build a church in her honor. Before leaving, she left her impression on his cloak as proof that she had spoken to him. From this miraculous event came the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Material from a Catholic News Agency story was incorporated into this story.





alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.