The following story comes from a July 31 posting on the website of the Catholic News Agency.
Over 100,000 Catholics will gather at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 5 to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in a city where the image of the Virgin is everywhere.
Andrew Walther, vice president of media and communications for the Knights of Columbus, said the free event is “a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role as the mother of all Catholics in America.”
The Knights of Columbus are co-sponsoring the Guadalupe Celebration this Sunday with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Walther told Catholic News Agency on July 31 that Los Angeles is “an incredibly important city” for devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“This is going to be one of the largest Catholic celebrations ever in the U.S. It’s going to be certainly one of the largest Catholic celebrations in Los Angeles in a generation.”
Event speakers include Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus and Msgr. Eduardo Chávez, postulator of St. Juan Diego’s cause for canonization.
The Guadalupe Celebration will also display the Relic of the Tilma of St. Juan Diego, a small piece of the cloak on which the image of the Virgin Mary miraculously appeared in 16th century Mexico. The Archdiocese of Mexico gave the relic to Archbishop John Cantwell of Los Angeles in 1941. It is the only relic of the tilma in the U.S….
In addition, the celebration will host international performers like Eurovision winner Dana Scallon and Mariachi artist and actor Pedro Fernandez. The event will also feature retired Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza, “Braveheart” producer Steve McEveety, actor Eduardo Verastegui and film director Alejandro Monteverde.
More information can be found at: https://www.guadalupecelebration.com.