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Thousands to attend Our Lady of Guadalupe event at Coliseum

August 3, 2012 |  6:00 am

Relic of Juan Diego's tilmaTens of thousands of people are expected to attend a celebration Sunday honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Coliseum, an event organizers described as the "largest celebration of the Virgin Mary in a generation."

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Knights of Columbus, organizers said more than 100,000 tickets were ordered for the Guadalupe celebration. The roughly three-hour program will feature musical performances and prayers led by notables including baseball player Mike Piazza and "Braveheart" producer Steve McEveety.

Archbishop Jose Gomez is listed among the keynote speakers.

Catholics have long revered the symbol of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was said to have appeared in the 1500s to Juan Diego on a hillside near Mexico City. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles houses the only relic of Juan Diego's tilma — the cloak upon which the Virgin Mary left her image — in the United States, and event organizers said the relic would be processed through the Coliseum on Sunday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., but organizers urged those with tickets to arrive well ahead of time to avoid traffic. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.


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Photo: Thousands are expected to attend a celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday at the Coliseum, where the relic of Juan Diego's tilma will be processed through the arena. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times