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Photos: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines

Hundreds gather at local shrine to celebrate the patron saint of the Americas.

About 1000 Catholics celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday by making a pilgrimage from churches in Chicago to a shrine for the patron saint to the Americas in Des Plaines, . The shrine was built on land formerly utilized by .

In the winter of 1531 a woman who identified herself as the Virgin Mary appeared to a 57-year-old Aztec American Indian, Juan Diego, on a hill near Mexico City as he was on his way to mass, according to the Catholic Church. The woman told Diego to ask the bishop of Mexico City to build a church on the hill to assist in converting people to the faith. For the story, visit Trinity Communications’ website.

Father Miguel Martinez from the shrine shared pictures he took during the overnight celebration.

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