December 12: On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, America’s Mother, & American Catholicism’s Biggest Feast
The Empress of the Americas
Indeed, Church, because She is America’s Mother, this is America’s Feast – now Stateside Catholicism’s Biggest Night… especially these days, our happiest one, too. –Whispers in the Loggia
Virgencita Madre – Estrella de la Nueva Evangelización, Protectora del hijo en el seno, Pastora Buena de este rebaño – mil gracias para todos tus milagros.
The first Latin American Pope will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Altogether 25 popes have officially honored Our Lady of Guadalupe. His Holiness, John Paul II, visited her Sanctuary four times: on his first apostolic trip outside Rome as Pope in 1979, and again in 1990, 1999 and 2002.
In 1999, Pope John Paul II, in his homily from the Solemn Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, during his third visit to the sanctuary, declared the date of December 12th as a Liturgical Holy Day for the whole continent.
During the same visit Pope John Paul II entrusted the cause of life to her loving protection, and placed under her motherly care the innocent lives of children, especially those who are in danger of not being born.