I have been trying to convince some atheists that the Guadalupe Tilma is miraculous. I was thoroughly embarassed when they introduced this article to me. Can anyone here shed some light on this?
The story, published on different forums and websites, could be described as a heap of nonsense. For example, the news says that the Pope visited Spain When? Another glaring fault is the talk of an alleged canonization of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
That would be awesome. Seeing an apparition of Mary, then having her grow roses in the middle of winter to prove it to the archbishop, then converting 9 million Aztecs within seven years. On Dec.
Mexicans will tell you that they're 90 percent Catholic but percent Guadalupan. While the numbers aren't entirely accurate, it is definitely the case that historically the Virgin of Guadalupe has been a constituent part of Mexican national identity, reflected in the fact that millions of both women and men are named Guadalupe, many going by the nickname "Lupe," such as my colleague at the University of Houston, Dr. As a specialist in Latin American religion, I've always been fascinated by the most important advocation of the Virgin Mary in terms of both territorial coverage and number of devotees. While other manifestations of Mary only claim a region or country, at best, Guadalupe is the only one to reign over two continents, the entire Western Hemisphere.
Members Portal. Mexico's Virgin of Guadalupe played an important role in the Catholic colonization of the Americas. Filed under Ancient MysteriesReligion.
At a shrine in the northeastern corner of Mexico City, lines of worshippers on four moving walkways glide beneath the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. A basket-laden woman in an embroidered blouse raises a knotted hand and murmurs a prayer in Mazahua. A couple tries to frame a selfie with the Virgin.
Viviana Grieco, an expert on the Spanish Conquest. The Virgin of Guadalupe is the Catholic title for the Virgin Mary, a religious icon to the Mexican people who is more than a version of the Mother of God: She is a national symbol. What many do not know is that this goddess who is revered and considered a Christian deity is actually the prodict of a cross between Christian mythology and an ancient Nahua goddess called Tonantzin.
The image is supposed to have been miraculously imprinted on the cloak of an Indian peasant, Juan Diego, to whom Mary appeared in Jesuit preachers for years compared the ''transubstantiation'' of flowers into a picture to the change of bread into the body of Christ. One iconographic tradition shows God himself painting the Virgin's form on the mantle.
The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. Catholic accounts claim that the Virgin Mary appeared four times before Juan Diego and once more before Juan Diego's uncle. According to those Catholic version accounts, the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9,when it is said that a native Mexican peasant named Juan Diego experienced a vision of a young woman at a place called the Hill of Tepeyacwhich would become part of Villa de Guadalupein a suburb of Mexico City.