Category: World / December 12, 2012 1:00 PM EST
Millions of faithful, some walking for hours, paid homage to Mexico's most revered Catholic figure on Monday (December 12) in a colorful, noisy show of faith.
In one of the world's biggest annual pilgrimages, Mexicans sang and prayed in front of a centuries-old cloak with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who is said to have appeared to an Indian peasant in the 16th century.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have appeared to peasant Juan Diego in 1531 on a hilltop, which had once been a shrine to an ancient Aztec goddess.
When Juan Diego told a bishop of his vision, the virgin's image appeared on his cloak. That event was key in converting indigenous Mexicans to Catholicism.