As a move that many see in Mexico as an emergency reaction to the growing problem of interreligious violence among indigenous communities due to the inception of Protestant sects in rural areas in Mexico, the Pope canonized the Nahuatl Indian Juan Diego who according to the legend of the Virgin of Guadaloupe was the vessel to a message from God to the native americans in the area colonized by the Spaniards.
Many people in Mexico and Latin America are so devoted to the Virgin of Guadaloupe that they claim they are not christians, but "guadalupanos".
The place were the Basilica de Guadalupe seats is the same place were the Nahuatl cultures of the Valley of Mexico used to go to honor the mother of the Gods, Tonantzin, known also as Coatlaxopeuh. For many people into agnostic views it looks like the Godess just switched names and still rules over the indigenous populations.
The Basilica of Guadalupe, where Pope John Paul II canonized the Roman Catholic Church's first Indian saint, was packed with people minutes before the arrival of the pope Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Mexico City. The Basilica is one of Mexico's holiest shrines and was built to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, the country's patron saint.
A little piece of trivia, today the Catholics commemorate the anniversary of the death of Ignatius de Loyola, the Basque priest that founded the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, who played an important role in the counter reformation of the Catholic Church.
Robert the Niro gets to play a Basque mercenary/jesuit by the name of Rodrigo de Mendoza in the movie "The Mission" along with fellow jesuits Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson.
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