Thousands of Argentines participated in a pilgrimage from Buenos Aires to the Cathedral at Lujan on Sunday (1 October).
SV PULL BACK TO GV EXT Church spire TO pilgrims arriving in Buenos Aires for start of Lujan march. (2 SHOTS)
GV TOP VIEW Pilgrims with flags moving down road near railway.
GV Pilgrims cross railway line, then train passes.
SV PULL BACK TO GVS Pilgrims chanting and waving as march continues along street. (2 SHOTS)
SVS Night shots of pilgrims marching. (3 SHOTS)
GV TOP VIEW Pilgrims continue along road.
SV Tired-looking pilgrims arrive in square near Cathedral of Lujan.
SV Pilgrims outside cathedral, PAN UP Cathedral.
SV PULL OUT TO GV Pilgrims waving handkerchiefs at clergy including Archbishop of Buenos Aires Juan Carlos Aramburu. (2 SHOTS)
GV Archbishop Aramburu at Mass in square.
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Background: Thousands of Argentines participated in a pilgrimage from Buenos Aires to the Cathedral at Lujan on Sunday (1 October). The annual event is a tribute to the Virgin Mary, and this year it was also a tribute to the late Pope John Paul, who reigned for just 33 days.
SYNOPSIS: The Pilgrimage was organised by a group of young Roman Catholics. It started in Buenos Aires, and the 75 kilometre(47 miles) route ended at the Cathedral in Lujan.
The pilgrimage annually pays tribute to the Virgin Mary. It took on special significance because of the recent deaths of two Popes.
The pilgrims also marched for peace, a favourite theme of Pope John Paul the First during his brief reign.
The spirit of the pilgrims was enthusiastic as they marched towards Lujan Cathedral.
As a day of marching drew to a close, the young people sang hymns to encourage those who trailed behind. A reported 8 thousand people completed the trek. The plea for peace by these Argentines comes at a time of continued negotiations between Chile and Argentina over the disputed Beagle Channel islands, an issue which has threatened to break the peace between the two neighbouring countries.
The pilgrims were foot-sore and tired when they reached the Cathedral. The Lujan Cathedral is situated where, in 1630, a statue of the Virgin of Lujan and patroness of Argentina is said to have miraculously rooted itself to the ground. A chapel was built there, and today a neo-Gothic basilica encloses it. The pilgrims were greeted by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Juan Carlos Aramburu.
The Archbishop celebrated a special mass with message of peace and a tribute to the late Pope John paul.