600,000 Catholics reenact the Stations of the Cross in Mexico City

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About 600,000 Catholics participated Friday in a re-enactment of the Holy Week Stations of the Cross in Mexico City’s popular Iztapalapa neighborhood, which had been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are 600,000 people,” Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, who celebrated the tradition’s 179th anniversary this year, told reporters.

“Since I was a child, my father brought us … for me it is a satisfaction” to come back to attend the religious representation, says Susana Montaño, 63 years old.

“I felt sadness…like traditional things were getting lost,” she added of the health restrictions that kept her from attending the flamboyant Passion of Christ in 2021.

About a hundred people, including actors and musicians, took part in the Catholic staging.

Carrying photos of loved ones, parishioners made their way through the crowd to catch a glimpse of the actors.

Iztapalapa has recorded 8,847 deaths from the pandemic. The actors, who have been preparing for a year, had to test negative for COVID-19 to participate.

Nearly 324,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Mexico since the pandemic began, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

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