February 23, 2018
Latest News

Faithful in Texas hold procession honoring Virgin of Guadalupe

Houston, Dec 3 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of religious faithful on Sunday here paid tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, in a procession and parade on a day that culminated with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

According to Joe Castro, the interim director of the Office of Hispanic Ministries in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, which contains more than 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties, this was a good opportunity to be glad and give thanks to Mexico's beloved patron saint.

"We should all show our respect and admiration for the countless blessings we have received this year, and especially because she protected us during the havoc left by Hurricane Harvey a few weeks ago, a fact that still resonates in the community," Castro told EFE.

He said that the event, which is celebrated in many US cities with large Hispanic populations, has been observed in Houston for more than 40 years and is participated in by dozens of parishes and Catholic groups affiliated with the archdiocese.

Mexican Julia Cardenas, the coordinator of a parish in East Houston, said that honoring the Virgin highlights her traditions and maintains the religious legacy of her country over many generations.

"The dances and the chants that we believers do in this ritual are a tribute to the Virgin and to God," said Cardenas, 47, who has been participating in the event since she was 16.

The origination of the ceremony among Catholics dates back 486 years to when - so the story goes - the Virgin miraculously appeared to Indian Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City, and since then homage has been paid to Mary around Latin America and in many US cities.

In Los Angeles, the events to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, which are expected to draw more than 30,000 people, began with a procession in the eastern part of the city and ended at the Weingart Stadium, where a Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez

Just as in Houston, a procession was held in the California city that stretched for three miles with floats with themes drawn from the story of the "Virgen Morena," as the Virgin of Guadalupe is known, along with Aztec dances and mariachi bands.

News history
Mexican finds way to reprogram neurons affected by Alzheimer's

Mexico City, Feb 22 (epa-efe).- Neurobiologist Luis Carrillo developed a technique to re-program neuron groups affected by degenerative brain diseases such...

Family members mark anniversary of deadly 2012 Argentine rail disaster

Buenos Aires, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Relatives of the victims of a commuter train crash at a Buenos Aires station six years ago, one of the worst rail tragedies...

Venezuelan transplant patients protest shortage of medicines

Caracas, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- More than two-dozen Venezuelan transplant patients protested here Thursday over a nationwide shortage of life-saving medicines,...

Kenya LGBT rights groups fight for decriminalization of gay sex

Nairobi, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Three lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups in Kenya on Thursday began the legal battle in the country's High...

Amnesty International: speaking up in Spain has become dangerous

Madrid, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- One of the world's foremost human rights organizations on Thursday released a report in which it decried how basic rights,...

Less EU citizens moving to UK to look for work, official data shows

London, Feb 22 (EFE).- Net migration to the United Kingdom from other countries in the European Union has fallen over the last year, according to a report...

China rules out possibilty of arson in Jokhang temple fire

Beijing, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- An investigation into a fire at Lhasa's Jokhang Temple, one of the most renowned temples in Tibetan Buddhism, has ruled out...

Colombian teachers mount 1-day strike

Bogota, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Thousands of Colombian public school teachers launched a 24-hour national walkout on Wednesday demanding that the government...

Argentina's Macri urges transition to renewables at G20 forum

Buenos Aires, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- The world needs to embrace the challenge of making the transition to renewable sources of energy, Argentine President...

Paris Solidarity night results: 3,000 people sleep rough on its streets

Paris, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- The City Hall of the French capital announced the results on Wednesday of its so-called "Solidarity Night" which endeavored to...

Famed US evangelical Christian pastor Billy Graham dead at 99

Washington, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Famed evangelical Christian pastor and evangelist Billy Graham, a charismatic figure for decades in the United States and...

Greenpeace urges Shell to accept its role in climate disasters

Manila, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Dozens of Greenpeace activists on Wednesday entered a Shell refinery in the Philippines to demand the company cooperate with an...

Australia rejects ex-PM's call to cut annual immigration intake

Sydney, Australia, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Australia's treasurer on Wednesday defended the annual permanent immigration intake in the country following a...

Acid rain destroying Mexico's cultural heritage

Mexico City, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Acid rain, caused by pollutants being dumped into the atmosphere by humans every day, is destroying the cultural heritage of...

Ibero-America improves access to education, but quality is lacking

Sao Paulo, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Ibero-American countries have improved access to education, but continue to fall short in terms of quality, the senior...

Papal envoy to Chile starts meetings with witnesses in sex-abuse scandal

Santiago, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna began Tuesday in Chile a series of meetings with witnesses to Bishop Juan Barros's suspected...

Parents protest drug shortages at Venezuela's main pediatric hospital

Caracas, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Parents of patients at J.M. de Los Rios Hospital, Venezuela's foremost pediatric care institution, chained themselves to the...

Mexican deportees, thorny battles and the ordeal of remaking one's life

Reynosa, Mexico, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- After crossing the Rio Grande to enter the United States, Alfredo cut his arms and legs on barbed wire delimiting...

French study finds pesticides in 72 percent of fruits, 41 percent vegetables

Paris, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- According to a study released Tuesday by a French environmental organization that cites official figures, traces of pesticides...

Indonesia pushes criminal code reforms to outlaw sexual freedom

Ricardo Perez-Solero

Court grants custody to Japanese father of 13 kids born to Thai surrogates

Bangkok, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A Thai court on Tuesday awarded the paternity rights of 13 children born to Thai surrogate mothers to a 28-year-old Japanese man.

Peruvian police launch special force against family violence

Lima, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The Peruvian police on Monday established the Squadron for the Prevention of Family Violence, consisting of a hundred officers who...

Raptors to be used to monitor environmental contaminants in Europe

Ciudad Real, Spain, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- More than 60 researchers from two-dozen European countries are meeting in this central Spanish city starting Monday...

World's only non-Chinese-owned giant pandas reach advanced age in Mexico City

Mexico City, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- It's 10 am and Xin Xin, now 27 years old and 102 kilograms (225 pounds), walks slowly down a corridor to begin her daily...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.