DES PLAINES, Ill. - Thousands of area Roman Catholics are making a pilgrimage to Des Plaines this weekend.continue at WGN
They're celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Huge crowds gather every year on the Maryville Academy campus for this two-day event. With the unseasonably warm temperatures, police are expecting 200,000 people by tonight.
The celebration marks the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico. He later reached Roman Catholic sainthood.
That is astonishing to think of that number. Under no conditions are European Catholics capable of that number. Sure, it's moved into more of a cultural/national holy day, but as Pope Benedict VX proclaimed: “To no other nation has such a wonder been done.” There's not even another national celebration that rivals this day. I mean come on; it sure beats degenerate celebrations like Bastille Day.