Cleanup program to collect trash from pilgrimage

Church and government officials are making plans to educate pilgrims to contain their trash.

The program is called EcoRomería 2012. Some 2 million pilgrims, called romeros, will walk toward the end of this month to the basilica in Cartago to honor Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, the nation’s patroness. Along the way, these pilgrims eat and drink, thus creating trash, some of which can be recycled.

Officials will be outlining the plan this morning at the Catholic Church administrative offices near Parque Central in San José

Aug. 2 is the feast day of the Virgen de los Ángeles, and there will be hundreds of thousands of persons at the plaza in front of the basilica that morning.

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