Denver, Colo., Nov 25, 2017 / 07:00 am
Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of Denver will celebrate a Spanish-language Mass for immigrants and refugees on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Nov. 26, at Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
The Solemnity of Christ the King is a day historically significant to many Hispanics. In the 1920s, Catholic persecution in Mexico led to a 10-year conflict between the Catholic "Cristeros" and the government. Mexican Catholics, lay and clergy, were killed proclaiming "¡Viva Cristo Rey!" or "Long live Christ the King."
The mass will be attended by Berenice Rendón Talavera, Consul General of Mexico, and Juan Fernando Valey, Consul de Guatemala.
Bishop Rodriguez has called for more support for migrants at the parish level in the Archdiocese of Denver, stating that the Gospels direct Catholics to lovingly welcome immigrants with generosity.