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Altar at world's biggest mass built on industrial waste

Five million Mexicans are expected to attend the canonisation of Blessed Juan Diego, which will take place on a paved lake bed at the end of July in what's being billed as the world's 'biggest mass'.

The industrial waste site usually turns to slime and mud after thunderstorms, which are especially frequent in July.

Around 100,000 buses are expected to deliver worshippers to see 16th Century shepherd Juan Diego made a saint.

The mass will be held on a 1000 hectare lake bed in Ecatepec, just north of Mexico City, The Guardian reports.

According to Mexican tradition, a dark-skinned Virgin Mary, known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, appeared to

Juan Diego in 1531, but there is no proof the shepherd actually existed.



18 Mar 2002