Tens of thousands of Catholics gather to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe
Published: August 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Eileen Frutos has always been drawn to Mary. A member of the World Apostolate of Fatima, she said she often prays with Mary and that her prayers have been answered. "She's been amazing to our family," said the Ventura resident Aug. 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. That's why Frutos and her husband were attending the Guadalupe Celebration that drew tens of thousands of Catholics from across Southern California to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe and to reverence a relic of the cloak on which her image miraculously appeared. "I'm just here to honor her," said Frutos, a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Ventura. "To Jesus, through Mary -- that's what I always say." Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Knights of Columbus and the Mexican nonprofit organization Instituto Superior de Estudios Guadalupanos, the event coincided with the 10th anniversary of the canonization of St. Juan Diego July 31, 2002; Juan Diego was the indigenous man to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, and upon whose cloak, or "tilma," her image appeared.
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