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NEW EVIDENCE FOR APPARITIONS OF VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE TAKEN TO ROME
    MEXICO CITY, 27 (NE) A high relief witnessing the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico, which dates back to the XVI century, has been sent to Rome as further evidence for the cause of canonization of Blessed Juan Diego. The high relief was sculpted by a group of stone sculptors of Xochimilco, four months after the Virgin's apparition to Blessed Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. The work of art was donated as a gift for the Chapel of the Assumption, so it could be appreciated and would help evangelization, for this place was a necessary stop in the way to Acapulco. In the XIX century, the colonial temple of Assumption, built between 1529 and 1552, became the Cathedral of Cuernavaca.

    The artwork shows God the Father crowning Blessed Mary, as a native girl. The "Guadalupana" -the Virgin's image as it appeared to Blessed Juan Diego- stands upon a half moon supported by four couples of angels. Two more angels are at each side, playing the trumpets, as a manifestation of joy. Specialists explain that the work is of European inspiration, but of Indian craftsmanship. Therefore it has the artistic traits of that age, and also a traditional Franciscan's seal: the rose.

    Members of the Commission for the Cause of Canonization of Blessed Juan Diego have emphasized the value of this work. "The relief depicts the Virgin of Guadalupe. Each of the elements verifies that there is a tradition of Guadalupe, even by the type of rock with which it was elaborated. The style is well defined, eloquent and beautiful," they stated. After the historicity of the work was proved, the image was taken to Rome for further studies and as further evidence for the apparitions of the Virgin to Blessed Juan Diego.

          

January 28, 2000
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