CNA Newsroom, Dec 19, 2022 / 14:15 pm
The Knights of Columbus released “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Woman of the Eucharist,” a short documentary, on Dec. 12, the feast of the Patroness of the Americas. The film's release is part of the beginning of the nine years of preparation for the celebration of the fifth centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego, which took place Dec. 9–12, 1531, on Tepeyac Hill in what is now Mexico City.
In his homily for this year’s feast day, the Holy Father announced: “Today, Dec. 12, the Intercontinental Guadalupan Novena begins on the American continent, a path that prepares for the celebration of the Fifth Centennial of the Guadalupan Event in 2031.”
“I urge all members of the pilgrim Church in the Americas, pastors and faithful, to participate in this celebratory journey, but please do so with a true Guadalupan spirit,” Pope Francis encouraged.
In announcing the release of the documentary, the Knights of Columbus noted that Our Lady of Guadalupe is patroness of the Americas and “Star of the New Evangelization,” as well as patroness of the Knights of Columbus and unborn children.