Mexico City, Mexico, Jan 29, 2020 / 00:00 am
More than 50,000 Mexican young people made a pilgrimage Saturday to an iconic monument and shrine to Christ the King, situated atop Cubilete Mountain, over 8,000 feet above sea level in the Guanajuato state of Mexico.
The Witness and Hope Movement, which organizes the annual youth pilgrimage, said in a statement that the young pilgrims committed themselves Jan. 25 "to Mexico in these difficult times of insecurity, economic stagnation and the outside pressure it is undergoing."
Devotion to Christ the King figures largely into Mexican history.
During the 1920's the country's government in power initiated a series of repressive measures and outright persecution against the Church. The Mexican government banned religious orders, restricted public worship, and prohibited priests from wearing clerical attire in public.