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Our Lady of Guadalupe Goes Global
The day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated by faithful in many countries.
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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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Dancers march toward a mass for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. The dancers were celebrating the end of a torch relay from Mexico City to New York that honors the Virgin of Guadalupe, a popular Roman Catholic icon throughout Latin America. The torch relay is also a symbolic gesture of solidarity with immigrants that enter the United States from Mexico. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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A young girl dressed as the Virgin Mary holds still as she rides on a float up North Broadway Street in Tyle, Texasr during the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parade Sunday evening, Dec. 11, 2011. December 12 marks the feastday of the Virgin Mary, or Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas who appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City in 1531. Her appearance lead many Mexicans to convert to Christianity, and they show their devotion and gratefulness to Mary through the celebration that includes dance and music as a symbolism of prayer. (AP Photo/Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)
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Members of an indigenous dance group march to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan for a mass in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2011. (Photo AP/Seth Wenig)
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Mexican children march to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan for a mass in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12, 2011. (Photo AP/Seth Wenig)
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A torch that has been brought by relay from Mexico City to New York arrives for a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. While the torch's arrival coincides with the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the relay is also a symbolic gesture of solidarity with immigrants that enter the United States from Mexico. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe toward the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are making the pilgrimage to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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A pilgrim sleeps next to a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have began making their pilgrimages to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Candles lit by pilgrims burn outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Thursday Dec. 8, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have began making their pilgrimages to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, whose image can be seen on the candle holder pictured right, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Anita Baca)
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A boy dressed in traditional clothing sits outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are making the pilgrimage to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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A pilgrim sleeps by an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are making the pilgrimage to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Pilgrims sleeps by their images of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are making the pilgrimage to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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A pilgrim sleeps by an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday Dec. 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are making the pilgrimage to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Jamie Cruz, left, who journeyed by foot from the state of Hidalgo, poses for a photo in front of an image of Mexico's patron saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe, as fellow pilgrim Eric Perez stands by, inside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Thursday Dec. 8, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have began making their pilgrimages to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Anita Baca)
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Pilgrims gather to watch a group of Mixtec Indian dancers perform a traditional dance outside the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Thursday Dec. 8, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have began making their pilgrimages to the shrine in anticipation of the Catholic icon's feast day on Dec. 12. Also known as La Morenita, Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's most popular religious and cultural image. (AP Photo/Anita Baca)
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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A pilgrim rests beside a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the plaza outside the Basilica in Mexico City.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Goes Global

The day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated by faithful in many countries.

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