Torch Relay From La Virgen de Guadalupe to St. Patrick

Virgen de Guadalupe

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BY EDGAR SANDOVAL
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

A torch relay pilgrimage that began 72 days ago in Mexico City culminated at St Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday with thousands of Virgen de Guadalupe followers praying for passage of the DREAM Act.

“Let’s offer this Mass to hoping senators pass the DREAM Act. Let’s hope God and the Virgen of Guadalupe move the hearts of the senators,” Bishop Josu Iriondo said in Spanish to applause from worshippers at the cathedral.

The Dream Act, approved by the House last week, would give green cards to undocumented children who go to college or join the military.

More than 5,000 people joined a small band of runners who participated in a torch relay from Mexico City’s Basilica Guadalupe in celebration of Virgen de Guadalupe Day, a commemoration of the Virgin Mary‘s appearance to Mexican peasant Juan Diego in the 1530s.

The pilgrims crossed more than 3,000 miles, through nine Mexican and 12 U.S. states, before crossing the city line.

“I think it’s fair for the young people who are going to school here to have the opportunity to become leaders,” said Joel Magallan, director of the Mexican organization Tepeyac. “Their parents have worked very hard too.”

A marching band led the crowd from Central Park to St. Patrick’s as people chanted ‘Arriva La Virgen de Guadalupe!” And “Arriva Mexico!”

“I’m very happy to see a big part of Mexico represented in the streets of New York,” said Esteban Barragan, 25, a Queens market worker. “It makes me think of the days I used to celebrate it back in Mexico with my family.”

Barragan sends money to his wife and four children left behind in Morelos, Mexico.

“She gives me strength. She’s the mother of God,” Barragan said. “She knows about sacrificing for your children.”

The holiday is one of the most important ones for the about 800,000 Mexicans living in New York and millions abroad.

“Today we celebrate the birth of the mother of all Mexicans,” said an emotional Juan Vazquez, 28, a construction worker from Brooklyn. “She’s from Mexico, but people from all over the world love her.”

Virgen de Guadalupe celebration turns into an 11-person bloodbath after gang gun violence

A gunbattle between rival gangs killed 11 people during a Virgen de Guadalupe celebration in a western Mexican town.

Armed men arrived in three cars and opened fire on another group of gunmen in a plaza in Tecalitlan, officials said. One gunman hurled a grenade.

Eight men were killed at the scene and two others died at a hospital. The brother of one of those killed in the plaza was shot to death next to a car just outside the small town.

Photographs showed overturned chairs in front of a stage where a mariachi band was set to play. A large image of the Virgin of Guadalupe loomed over the scene.

Police were investigating whether the death of two other men, whose torched remains were found inside a car in the nearby town of Zapotiltic, were tied to the Tecalitlan shootout.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/12/13/2010-12-13_celebration_turns_into_an_11person_bloodbath.html#ixzz180PCYGVn

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/12/13/2010-12-13_divine_support_for_dream_act.html#ixzz180NE4jaY

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