Eucharistic Procession Draws 1 Million

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, OCT. 15, 2004 ( A procession of the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Guadalajara drew close to 1.5 million people.

A monumental monstrance that journeyed on the streets Thursday was accompanied on a mobile platform by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Guadalajara, and Cardinal Jozef Tomko, the papal legate for the 48th International Eucharistic Congress.

The bells of hundreds of churches pealed throughout the procession. The huge crowds that participated in the procession, from the Minerva roundabout to the city’s historic center, delayed the scheduled program by an hour.

The faithful adorers cried out: “Christ, visit our homes.” Mexican and foreign bishops present in Guadalajara lined the route of the procession.

Cardinal Tomko recited the prayer after the Benediction. Earlier, a Mass was celebrated in the Minerva roundabout, presided over by Cardinal Stephen Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.