.- Referring to the 500th anniversary of the death of Queen Isabel, Archbishop Antonio CaÃ±izares of Toledo, Spain, said the monarch âwas a woman of faith with singular virtues and an intense spirituality.â
Archbishop CaÃ±izares announced the activities organized by the Archdiocese to commemorate âthe great Queen of Spain,â which include a Mass of Thanksgiving for her legacy to be celebrated on November 26, and a series of conferences to debate âthe truth about Queen Isabel the Catholic.â
Likewise the Archdiocese is considering sponsoring two art and religious exhibitions, one on the choir stalls of the Cathedral of Toledo that feature scenes of the conquest of Granada (which unified Spain), and one on the spirituality of the Queen.
The Archbishop of Toledo also emphasized the work of the Queen for the evangelization of America and her assistance in the reform of the Church during the 16th century. He also said the Queen laid the groundwork for the modern understanding of human rights because of her position regarding âthe rights of peoplesâ and respect for the Indians.
Archbishop CaÃ±izares expressed his support for the beatification of the monarch, who he considers an example for Spain, and he hoped the 500th anniversary of her death would help bring out the truth concerning her life.