The atrium of the Basilica of Guadalupe looked empty before the contingency, in historical images that celebrated.

The Church made an “urgent” call to all citizens to limit their trips and not go to the temple.

There were atypical celebrations with 15 thousand candles lighting a monumental rug made by artisans from Huamantla, Tlaxcala.

For the first time in more than 400 years, the atrium of the Basilica of Guadalupe He looked empty before the contingency, compared to the tradition from year to year when he is visited by millions of parishioners to sing Las Mañanitas to the Virgin of Tepeyac.

The government of Mexico City and the Church coordinated to implement the historic measure of closing the Basilica from December 10 to 13, leaving atypical celebrations with 15 thousand candles lighting the monumental rug made by artisans from Huamantla, Tlaxcala, to decorate in Guadalupan festivities differently.

The Church made an “urgent” call to all citizens to limit their outings, stay at home and to take extreme measures of prevention, urging the faithful not to make pilgrimage and even Pope Francis offered a plenary indulgence to those who celebrated from home.

The surroundings of the Basilica were fenced off to prevent the passage and the mayor Gustavo A. Madero reported that on December 11 only 15 pilgrims attended the vicinity of the Basilica of Guadalupe, who were invited to leave.

This afternoon the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador () spoke about it, applauding Mexicans for the responsibility shown by staying at home and not going to the temple to avoid contagion, in their official count from Twitter.

He revealed at least two pictures of what this afternoon looks like without pilgrims and celebrated. “There is no better example of the responsibility of the people of Mexico in the face of the pandemic than this image of the Basilica on the day dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Among all the symbols, Mexicans place first the veneration of the Virgin and second respect for Juárez ”, he explained.

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The Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Concanaco) revealed that only in Mexico City, in this 2020 more than 3,000 pilgrimages to the Basilica of Guadalupe have been canceled due to the condition of the epidemiological traffic light And because it is a priority to prevent and avoid possible coronavirus infections, but that during 2019, religious tourism represented the entry into the country of 10 thousand 200 million pesos, by almost 30 million people who visit various religious destinations.

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