Guanajuato, Mexico, Jan 8, 2021 / 16:45 pm
The traditional youth pilgrimage to the monument of Christ the King on the “Cerro del Cubilete” (Dice Cup Hill) in Guanajuato, Mexico, will take place virtually Jan. 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The youth pilgrimage, carried out for almost four decades and organized by the “Movimiento Testimonio y Esperanza” (Witness and Hope Movement), gathers around 50,000 young Catholics each year.
The statue of Christ the King that crowns the “Cerro del Cubilete” measures 75 feet and was erected in 1950 as a tribute to the martyrs of the Cristero War. At the beginning of the 20th century, the persecution by the Mexican government against the Catholic faith, which included the prohibition of religious congregations, limitations on worship and even the prohibition of a priest dressing as such, reached a point where civilians of various parts of the country took up arms.