Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2013 / 02:10 am
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, presented a golden rose from Pope Francis to Our Lady of Guadalupe, calling the rose a sign of love, gratitude and enthusiasm.
"Our hearts more than our heads know the debt of love we owe you," the cardinal said to the Blessed Mother. "This is why we beg you to receive from us a special gesture of grateful love."
He prayed that the rose remind the Virgin Mary of "the gold, frankincense, and myrrh offered by the magi who once hastened to the manger to adore the King of Kings and Lord of Lords."
Cardinal Ouellet presented the golden rose Nov. 18 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City as part of the "Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization" conference, led by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Guadalupe basilica and the Institute of Higher Guadalupan Studies.