Bitter temps keep some away from Illinois shrine
DES PLAINES (AP) — Cold weather has kept some worshippers away from a suburban Chicago shrine that's home to a 12-foot-tall replica of Mexico's Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Officials at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines tell WBBM that about 50,000 worshippers are attending Masses at the site to mark the religious holiday.
Organizers were initially prepared for 100,000 people to attend almost a dozen services during the two-day celebration that began Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service says overnight lows fell to minus 10 nearby.
Worshippers say visiting the shrine — often on foot — is important to their faith.
Millions of people make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to honor the virgin who's said to have appeared to a peasant in 1531.