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Overcrowded pilgrimage site

sillydoll

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2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
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Don't do this one if you don't like crowds!!

Leaders at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, which houses St. Juan Diego's tilma with the image of the Virgin, say that by Wednesday, some 7 million pilgrims will have visited the church in the last four days.
Wednesday is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the day that brings the most pilgrims to the site, located in Mexico's mountain capital. But the four-day span between Dec. 8 -- feast of the Immaculate Conception -- and Dec. 12 traditionally brings overflowing crowds.
This Dec. 12 commemorates the 476th anniversary of the last of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego. Juan Diego was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Each year between 18 - 20 million pilgrims visit the basilica, making it Christianity's most visited sanctuary and one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. There are days on which the basilica is visited by up to 120,000 people.
The caretakers at the basilica expect that all attendance records will be broken this year with the arrival of 7 million visitors in only four days -- 2 million pilgrims are expected Wednesday.
 

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JohnnieWalker

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Gosh - it is amazing to think of pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem as well as Lourdes, Fatima, Medjugorje and Knock in the Christan tradition plus the Hajj for Muslims, the Wailing Wall for Jewish people, bathing in the Ganges for Hindus and the Sikhs who travel to the Golden Temple at Amritsar as well as Santiago de Compostela- it is almost like a another dimension of thousands of people on pilgrimage throughout the world - and no doubt on other routes too numberous to mention.
 

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