.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Mexico commended âthe joys and hopes, fears and anxieties of the Mexican peopleâ to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 475th anniversary of the apparitions to St. Juan Diego.
In a statement, the bishops noted that through the apparitions Mary âexpressed her message of love for our people, and with her gestures, words and blessed image, she pointed the way to Christ, the center of our Catholic faith.â
âAs Mexicans we renew our joy in knowing that âthe Mother of the true Godâ¦[who is] the creator of all, the Master of the heavens, the Master of the earth,â desired to remain with us, in âa little houseâ in which she awaits us, cares for us and comforts us with her words,â the bishops said.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, they continued, âbrought together two peoples with opposite cultures that seemed set on destroying each other,â thus bringing about âthe birth of our country with a rich variety of cultures united by the bond of the faith.â
âThe Guadalupe event signified the beginning of the evangelization with a vitality that exceeded all expectations,â the bishops stated. âThe message of Christ through his Mother took the central elements of the indigenous culture and religiosity, purified them and gave them their true meaning of salvation in Jesus Christ.â
The bishops stressed that the ânoble task of building a better Mexicoâ demands the collaboration of all, and they prayed to Our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede âso that all those who live in this land might love each other and accept each other as children of the same Father.â