80th Mount Cristo Rey pilgrimage expected to bring thousands

New Mexico

In this Oct. 31, 2004, file photo, Sgt. Martin Johnson, of the Sunland Park Police Department, center, patrols the annual October pilgrimage up Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, N.M. Thousands are expected Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, to participate in the 80th-anniversary pilgrimage and Mass on a New Mexico hill sacred to Catholics. (AP Photo/J.R. Hernandez, File)

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Thousands are expected to participate in the 80th-anniversary pilgrimage and Mass on a New Mexico hill sacred to Catholics.

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 2004, file photo, people from El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and Las Cruces, N.M., walk the trail to the base of the statue to pray during the annual October pilgrimage up Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, N.M. Thousands are expected Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, to participate in the 80th-anniversary pilgrimage and Mass on a New Mexico hill sacred to Catholics. (AP Photo/J.R. Hernandez, File)

The El Paso Times reports the Diocese of Las Cruces and the Mount Cristo Rey Restoration Committee are scheduled Sunday to lead the 5-mile (8-kilometer) pilgrimage to the top of Mount Cristo Rey.

Diocese officials say the pilgrimage is always on the last Sunday of October to commemorate the building of the mountain monument. It also represents the Feast of Christ the King, which is celebrated in November.

Mount Cristo Rey is located just off the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

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