December 5, 2013
Thousands of devoted walkers join the 39th Luján pilgrimage
The 39th annual youth pilgrimage to the city of Luján in Buenos Aires province could turn into more than one million Catholics walking 63 km to reach the historic Luján Basilica. This time, such massive act of prayer is being crossed by the designation of ex Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pontiff.
Buenos Aires City Archbishop and Cardinal Primate of Argnetina Monsignor Mario Poli has considered the pilgrim walk a “river of life” “called” by the Virgin.
With thousands gathering in main meeting points since today's early morning, the pilgrimage officially started at noon with devoted Argentineans carrying the statue of the Luján Virgin from the San Cayetano sanctuary in the Buenos Aires City neighborhood of Liniers.
The 2013 slogan of the 10-hour procession is “Mother, protect the faith of your walking people.” Participants have been asked to take a food donation.
Authorities of Luján city and the provincial government have coordinated actions to assist walkers and water provision will be guaranteed by the AySA provider company.
The traditional walk starts today and ends tomorrow with main celebrations at the Luján Basilica where mass will be held every hour and a half.
The statue of the Virgin has been blessed by Pope Francis during the recent World Youth Day in the Brazilian city of Río de Janeiro.