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Annual romería, Catholic pilgrimage to Cartago, canceled again

The traditional romería, an annual pilgrimage of Catholics to the Costa Rican city of Cartago, has been canceled for the second straight year due to the pandemic.

Church asks faithful to conduct virtual romería, rather than making pilgrimage to Cartago

The Catholic Church of Costa Rica has asked faithful to join an online celebration rather than making the pilgrimage to Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago. 

Annual romería, the Catholic pilgrimage to Cartago, canceled due to coronavirus

An estimated 2 million people make the pilgrimage to Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago. 

News briefs: Costa Rica asks tourists to postpone, not cancel, their trips

As the world faces the coronavirus crisis, here are a couple of more uplifting stories to brighten your Monday.

Catholics make annual pilgrimage to Cartago for romería

An estimated 2 million people made the pilgrimage to Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago on Friday. 

Costa Rica celebrates Virgen de los Ángeles Day

Happy Virgen de los Ángeles Day from all of us at The Tico Times.

La Romería: From 1635 to now

On the morning of Aug. 2, 1635, a young indigenous girl named Juana Pereira went to collect firewood like she did every morning. She was walking barefoot through the brush near a spring when she was surprised by a figure of a woman holding a child in her arms.

PHOTOS: Thousands walk to Cartago to visit ‘La Negrita’

An estimated two million people walked to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in Cartago as part of the annual Catholic pilgrimage in Costa Rica known as "La Romería."

Finding La Negrita: A story of coming home

Columnist Natasha Gordon-Chipembere explores the history of Costa Rica's beloved La Negrita and her role in Afro-Costa RIcan history.

PHOTO REPORT – Faces of the faithful: A journey along Costa Rica’s romería

Many pilgrims come from afar to make good on different types of promises, such as Franklin Arturo Garita Quirós, from Paquera, Puntarenas, who was sued by the Environment Ministry in 1986 after he was accused of deforesting his property. He made a promise to the Virgin of Los Ángeles, known as "la negrita," that if he won the case, he would walk every year to her statue in Cartago, as he's done for the past 29 years.

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