Local Hispanic Catholics celebrate vibrantly in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 13, 2015 5:16 AM

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To celebrate not only one of Christianity’s most revered figures but also Latin America’s rich culture, hundreds of Columbians joined Saturday in festivities honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or the Virgin Mary.

In Hispanic Catholic culture, the Dec. 12 holiday commemorates the month some five centuries ago when the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared four times to Juan Diego, who in 2002 was canonized by Pope John Paul II. In 1945, Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of Guadalupe to be the patroness of the Am...

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