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Friday, December 12, 2003

This diversity of roses is the proof and the sign...

On a feast day throughout Latin America, the Los Angeles Times reports:

The pregnant Virgin de Guadalupe is turning up in other Latino-dominated churches as a way to make worshipers feel at home while honoring the mother of Christ and champion of the downtrodden…Our Lady of Guadalupe's appearance in non-Catholic services has scholars and others wondering whether the beloved apparition that has united Mexicans for nearly five centuries can bring together Christian denominations.

This link takes you to an English translation of a 1649 rewrite of a near contemporaneous version of the 1531 event at Tepeyac northwest of Mexico City.
The image on Juan Diego’s poor quality cactus-cloth tilma should have deteriorated by the 1550’s.
It shows no sign of decay 469 years later in the Basilica located in the Mexico City neighborhood of Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo.

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