Saturday, December 06, 2008

Lady of Guadalupe shrine girds for rush

Lady of Guadalupe shrine girds for rush
Celebration likely to draw big crowds to Maryville chapel

By Kristen Kridel | Tribune reporter
December 5, 2008

Hugo Chavez drove his wife Thursday to Des Plaines from their home in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood to offer thanks at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

After three months out of work, his wife will be starting a new job Friday, he said.

"She came to thank her for the job," Chavez said.

The religious shrine is expected to attract larger crowds next week—as many as 100,000 people—for the annual celebration of the feast commemorating what Catholics believe was the Virgin of Guadalupe's appearance to a peasant named Juan Diego near Mexico City.


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