Message for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Pope Francis has sent a message to the people of North and South America for the feast on December 12 of Our Lady of Guadalupe, venerated as Patroness of the American continent.
The Holy Father delivered the Message during the course of his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, December 11, the eve of the feast.
December 13, 2013
Message to the Americas for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. I would like to greet all my brothers and sisters on that continent, and I do so thinking of the Virgin of Tepeyac. When our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, her face was that of a woman of mixed blood, a mestiza, and her garments bore many symbols of the native culture. Like Jesus, Mary is close to all her sons and daughters; as a concerned mother, she accompanies them on their way through life. She shares all the joys and hopes, the sorrows and troubles of God’s People, which is made up of men and women of every race and nation.
That is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is also my message, the message of the Church. I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness
March 12, 2014