Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Aug 10, 2021 / 16:25 pm
Devotion to St. Lawrence, the third century Roman deacon and martyr, took root in what is now the border area of Mexico and the United States more than three centuries ago, and he is now one of the patron saints of the Diocese of Ciudad Juárez.
The origins of the devotion lay in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, which began on St. Lawrence’s feast day.
"The Spanish crown authorized Don Juan de Oñate in 1595 to colonize the territory that today are mainly the states of New Mexico, Northern Chihuahua and Texas,” related a recent article in the Ciudad Juárez diocese’s weekly, Presencia.
Based on annotations of the historian José Mario Sánchez Soledad, Presencia related that the Pueblo Revolt was led by indigenous leader Popé, reacting to harsh Spanish rule. Four hundred Spanish settlers were killed “and the survivors fled to Santa Fe and Pueblo de Isleta,” which are located in what is now New Mexico.