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Virgin of Zapopan keeps date in Chapala

The Virgin of Zapopan turned up in Chapala after all on Sunday, July 12, although it was an abbreviated version of the annual summer visit when a multitude of the faithful normally gather to pray for Mother Mary’s divine intervention to bring the Lake Chapala region a bountiful rainy season.

She pulled into in town aboard her own van, escorted only by Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega, the archbishop of Guadalajara; plus a small platoon of church guardians and local police for a slow-paced ride along Avenida Madero to the waterfront.

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Minus the usual throng of pilgrims, the beloved icon was carted out to the end of the pier for a blessing over the lake, then to the San Francisco Church for a closed-door celebration of a Mass that was broadcast on social media. Immediately after the service, the Queen of the Lake was sent off on the return trip to her home Basilica in Guadalajara.

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