DAILY CATHOLIC MONDAY December 13, 1999 vol. 10, no. 236
NEWS & VIEWS
POPE URGES TO SPREAD DEVOTION TO VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE
MEXICO CITY (NE) The Holy Father sent a message to the International Congress "John Paul II and the Virgin of Guadalupe", that took place in the Archdiocese of Mexico from last Thursday through yesterday, urging faithful in the American Continent to spread the love and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico, emphasized at the beginning of the congress that the event of Guadalupe is neither something from the past, nor an object of mere historical study, but instead a daily fact, for Mary is "our evangelizer." The Mexican Cardinal stated as well that even the most critical historians where surprised by the convergence of sources that confirm the existence of Blessed Juan Diego and the appearances at the Tepeyac. "Nobody can deny," he added, "that the image of "la Morenita" is still printed, and that some aspects of its composition and conservation are an inexplicable challenge for science."
The sanctuary's Rector affirmed
in a recent interview that approximately seven millions pilgrims
were expected to visit Our Lady at the Basilica during the next
few days. Stressing the fact that Blessed Juan Diego is
considered the main Patron saint of Mexico, the rector also
reminded that on this occasion, for the first time, the feast of
the Virgin of Guadalupe, will be celebrated as a solemnity in
Mexico and a feast in all the American continent. It has been
also informed that on the 12th, Masses were celebrated every
hour in the shrine. Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of
Mexico, presided at the main celebration. Giant screens had
been placed in the exterior of the Basilica to allow a greater
participation of faithful.
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