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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexican church and civic leaders on Monday, November 23rd, canceled an annual gathering that attracts massive crowds of Catholic pilgrims to protect people amid an intensifying coronavirus outbreak.

The feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrated on December 12th typically features lavish pageantry at her namesake basilica in the north of Mexico City where throngs of pilgrims arrive on their knees in prayer.

But this year the festivities will move online, according to a statement issued by the bishops’ conference and city government.

“The health conditions the country is experiencing due to COVID-19 do . . .

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