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Virgin of Guadalupe Draws the Faithful in Good Times and Bad
La Guadalupana draws over 8 million pilgrims in the largest religious pilgrimage of the Americas. 
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A three-foot Virgin of Guadalupe statue at Gisela Prina's religious articles store in Mexico City costs about 5,000 pesos, or $370.
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It is a tradition to carry icons and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe on pilgrimages to the Basilica that bears her name, says Felipe Monroy, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Mexico.
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An estimated 8 million people will make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City in the weeks leading up to her day, Dec. 12, according to the Archdiocese of Mexico.
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Javier Servín, 24, (right) poses with two fellow pilgrims in Virgin of Guadalupe T-shirts. The young men traveled by truck from Temazcal, Oaxaca, to give thanks to the Virgin.
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Prayer candles burn on a table at the old Basilica of Santa María de Guadalupe, originally built in 1709.
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A pilgrim rests beside a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the plaza outside the Basilica in Mexico City.
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Joel Gilberto Valencia Diego sells figurines of the Virgin of Guadalupe at a makeshift stall along the avenue that leads to the Basilica in Mexico City.
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A woman kneels before the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the old Basilica of Santa María de Guadalupe, originally built in 1709âthe fourth church erected at the site in her honor.
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Mari de la O brought a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe with her on her first pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City. She drove 10 hours with her family and the statue from Tabasco state.
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A display of key chains at La Guadalupana store in Mexico City's historic center includes one that says: "Little Virgin please bless my path."
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Joel Gilberto Valencia Diego holds a few of the key chains emblazoned with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe at a makeshift stall along the avenue that leads to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
(Fox News Latino/Lauren Villagran)

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Masses are held one after the other at the Basilica of Guadalupe to accompany the millions of pilgrims who come for the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dec. 12.
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The range of what’s for sale at Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and around Mexico City spans from 50-cent plastic pendants at street stands to fountain pens made by a luxury Italian label that cost more than $5,000.

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Virgin of Guadalupe Draws the Faithful in Good Times and Bad

La Guadalupana draws over 8 million pilgrims in the largest religious pilgrimage of the Americas. 

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