Mexico City (Fides Service) - “We will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception with enthusiasm and joy of a dream come true because Mexico like Spain, of which it was a part for three centuries as New Spain, has always been deeply devoted to Immaculate Mary and has always worked and prayed for its dogmatic definition. The image miraculously imprinted on the cloak of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on 12 December 1531, was immediately and unanimously recognised by Spanish piety as a representation of the Immaculate Conception.
“Immaculate Mary of Mexico”, as she was recognised by Spain, was always dear to Spanish piety and She herself took the name of Guadalupe. However the time, circumstances and form of her apparition was immediately recognised by also native Mexicans as the Mother of God and all peoples. The event in Guadalupe made what was humanly impossible, possible: two peoples were reconciled and a Church and a united nation were born. Pope John Paul II said this was a “perfect example of inculturised evangelisation”.
Daily masses are well attended at our Shrine particularly as the feast day 12 December approaches. December 8 will be an unforgettable day because we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ordination for the members of our Chapter, ordained priests on the 100th anniversary of the definition of the dogma on the Immaculate Conception. Celebrations will start with solemn Vespers on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday Morning Prayer will be followed by a solemn Mass of thanksgiving for the priestly Jubilees. In the afternoon the three seminaries in the archdiocese will render homage to Most Holy Mary and thanks to the Lord for the definition of her Immaculate Conception”. Mgr Diego Monroy Ponce, Rector Basilica of Santa Maria of Guadalupe. (Agenzia Fides 6/12/2004 - righe 24; parole 321)