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Swine flu: No public Masses in Mexico City; 1st procession of ‘Cristo’ image since 1850

April 28, 2009

At the request of public health authorities, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera canceled Sunday Mass in the Archdiocese of Mexico City on April 26. Beseeching Our Lady of Guadalupe’s protection for the nation, he prayed, “Cover us with your cloak; free us from this evil.”

Catholic News Service reported:

[A]n image of Christ on the cross -- known as the “Lord of Health” -- was removed from its spot in the cathedral for the first time since 1850 and carried in a procession around central Mexico City. The “Cristo,” as the image is known, has been credited with past miracles, including intervention in an 1850 cholera outbreak.


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