DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     August 26, 1999     vol. 10, no. 161

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NEW BOOK ON BLESSED JUAN DIEGO PRESENTED IN MEXICO

        MEXICO CITY, 25 (NE) Msgr. Oscar Sanchez Barba, Postulator of Mexican causes of canonization before the Holy See, presented yesterday the book "The encounter of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego," which, among other things, includes definitive arguments showing the historicity of the Blessed Indian.

        The event counted with the participation of Cardinals Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, and Juan Sandoval I˝iguez, Archbishop of Guadalajara.

        Msgr. Jose Luis Guerrrero Rosado, co-author of the book, recalled that "from 1990 to the present date, at least three direct evidences appeared that ratify that the event of Guadalupe is not a pious invention of the XVII century, but a real event that occurred in the XVI century."

        Cardinal Juan Sandoval pointed out that the ideal would be that the canonization would be carried out by May 21 next year, date that the Vatican dedicates to Mexico. The Cardinal stated however that that decision depends entirely on Pope John Paul II.

        "Having presented all the conditions, it is necessary to encourage the canonization of Juan Diego, confidant of the Virgin, making him known to the people of God and doing the necessary arrangements before the Holy See so that the steps still remaining may be speeded up," he affirmed.


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August 26, 1999       volume 10, no. 161
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