Our Lady of Guadalupe: Led directly to the largest mass conversion in the history of the world!

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Image: How has the 481-year-old Tilma survived so many years without decay?

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“All the cloths similar to the Tilma that have been placed in the salty and humid environment around the Basilica,” Dr. Orozco explained,“have lasted no more than ten years.”  A painting of the image on cloth which had been protected behind glass was discarded after only eight years, because the colors had faded and the threads had broken so badly.

The Tilma, meanwhile, was displayed unprotected for 116 years, exposed to the heat of tens of thousands of candles and to the harsh, humid and salty air; yet it remains vibrant.

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December 12 is the official commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“Prison Angel” dead at age 86: Nun Raised in Beverly Hills who Traded Posh Life for Prison Life.

In 1977, divorced and with her children out of the house, Brenner gave away her pricey possessions to become a Roman Catholic nun and moved into the Mexican prison, trading her Ventura beach house for a concrete 10-by-10 room and slept on a cot. She became known as the “prison angel.”

“I’m the mother of seven children,” the nun with a memorable giggle told the Times in a 2002 interview. “I’m prepared for everything.”

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: a revelation wrapped in a mystery inside a miracle.

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…the Lady who brought faith to Mexico was a revelation wrapped in a mystery inside a miracle. But more commonly, She is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Article by Tom O’Toole

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Movie, For Greater Glory, released on DVD today.

“Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon,” young José Sánchez del Río, reportedly told a fellow martyr of the Cristero War in Mexico, before he was murdered. His holy story is among those told in the movie, For Greater Glory, released on DVD today.

The movie is about the Cristero War and has been held up as an important story about religious liberty and the lengths some have had to go to defend their God-given right to live their religious faith.

“We tend to forget the human suffering because our modern culture cannot make sense” of it, Bishop Plácido Rodriguez, of the Catholic diocese of Lubbock, Texas, tells me. He calls the movie “timely, effective and powerful.” The story of the war is family history for Bishop Rodriguez, with family members who played roles in the struggle.

“I have been encouraging Catholics, Hispanics, believers, and anyone who values religious freedom to see the movie and to become interested in investigating the history”, he tells me.

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The little known historical realities behind the movie, “For Greater Glory”

Artist: Unknown; Title: Martyrdom of Five Cristeros. Translated  Inscription: Execution of Cristeros by federal soldiers on the outskirts of San Gabriel, Jalisco, October 8, 1927. On the same site, the soldiers were ambushed, suffering the same fate.  Date: 1927. The painting now hangs in the Knights of Columbus Museum: Knights of Columbus Religious Heritage Art Collection, New Haven, CT. (All rights reserved)

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Andy Garcia: You don’t have to be a Catholic to appreciate ‘For Greater Glory’

“About 90,000 people died in three years (1926-1929). There was torture, priests being hung from telegraph poles. It was a very ugly moment in Mexican history,” Garcia says of the conflict set off by the government’s persecution of Roman Catholics. “The curious thing was I didn’t know anything about it … And when I started to ask some Mexican friends … they didn’t know anything about it.”

In the film, which opens Friday in the U.S. after its debut in Mexico, Garcia plays an atheist and retired decorated general who accepts an offer to lead the National League for the Defense of Religious Liberty in the war. He doesn’t share their religious fervor, but he does believe in the basic right of freedom.

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Photo gallery of the Pope’s visit to Mexico

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The Catholic Remnant of Mexico

(www.RemnantNewspaper.com)  Some months ago I had the pleasure of visiting a good friend and Remnant ally in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  I was invited by my host to attend a meeting and spend a couple of days with a young priest who is operating a traditional Latin Mass apostolate in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In fact, I’d met Father once before, and had actually been able to attend his ordination back in 2008.

“Come to Mexico,” my friend had written, “and get to know ‘Padre  Romo’— a young priest who’s doing great work here in the heart of Cristero country.”

“Padre Romo”—Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP—did not disappoint.  A two-fisted, man’s priest, this “gentle giant” seems to be waging something of a holy war against anti-Catholicism wherever it rears its ugly head.  Fluent in Spanish (though he grew up near Pittsburgh, I believe), Father’s spirit and enthusiasm reminded me of that of the missionaries of old, especially in his obvious affection for the Mexican people and an earnest desire to restore the Catholic Faith to them. It seemed to me that Father Romanoski would be perfectly content to spend the rest of his life hard at work in the Catholic vineyard south of the Rio Grande.

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Pope’s presence in Mexico prompts screams, tears, hope for personal, national healing

…as Pope Benedict XVI’s plane appeared in the shimmering heat of Friday afternoon, people poured from their homes. They packed sidewalks five and six deep, screaming ecstatically as the pope passed, waving slowly. Some burst into tears.

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“Coincidence” is the Holy Spirit’s Middle Name – “Viva Cristo Rey!”

New Movie, opening June 1: For Greater Glory

For Greater Glory (formerly entitled Cristiada.) The must see movie for 2012 for all American Catholics and all of our fellow Americans who cherish religious liberty.

At a time when the Obama administration is firing the opening shots in a struggle against the religious freedom of Catholics, and exploiting a de facto schism within the Church in America to accomplish their ends, a film is being released this election year detailing the struggle of Mexican Catholics in the last century against a bitterly anti-Catholic regime.

Most of the time in life coincidences are merely coincidences, but sometimes I suspect they are sent by God for His purposes. In any case it appears to be a worthy movie to retell the heroic story of Mexican Catholics and their fight for the Church and freedom.

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Editor’s note: This movie has a more universal theme, a more well known cast, and addresses a much broader audience than did The Passion of the Christ, which was arguably responsible for firming up the Christian vote against that year’s pro-abort, pro-homosexual Democratic presidential candidate, and which may well have been responsible for the generally more positive outcome of that election.

For Greater Glory illustrates the problems godless tyrants invariably experience whenever they attempt to persecute or suppress heroic people dedicated to faith and freedom.

As Ed Morrissey notes: With a cast that includes Academy Award nominees Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, and Catalina Sandino Moreno as well as Eva Longoria and Oscar Isaac, the film about the Cristero War in Mexico in the late 1920s will be hard to ignore.

In Mexico, the Catholic Church publicly speaking the truth is termed a “provocation”.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church drew fire Tuesday for releasing a set of voting “guidelines” for the faithful ahead of the July 1 presidential elections. All religious groups in Mexico are banned from engaging in electoral politics, or supporting or opposing any candidate or party. The guidelines published by the Archdiocese of Mexico on its web site appear to closely skirt the restriction.
Editor’s note: Many North Americans find the severe restrictions on religious freedom in Mexico to be rather disturbing. In light of this, it should come as no surprise that many Mexican citizens wish to come to the U.S. for reasons of religious, as well as economic freedom.

Father Z writes about the May, 1990 miracle needed for the canonization of St. Juan Diego

Juan Jose fell about 10 meters and landed close to a friend of his, Jesus Alfredo Velasquez Ramirez, who saw him land on his head on the concrete pavement.  Juan Jose was bleeding copiously from the mouth, nose and ears.  They covered him, thinking he was dead.

He suddenly sat up, rose and went to the stairs leading to his apartment.  On meeting his mother coming down the stairs he asked his mother’s forgiveness.  They embraced and remained that way for another ten minutes or so before the ambulance came.

During the ambulance ride Juan Jose said he had lost his vision.

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The Miracle that is the Catholic Church

by Doug Lawrence

It was the year 1531. In Europe, the Protestant Reformation had begun, and the ranks of the Catholic Church would soon be reduced by hundreds of thousands … perhaps even millions … of fallen away souls.

Half a world away, at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City, a poor farmer experienced a strange apparition, leading to a remarkable, supernatural turn of events that would result in the conversion of millions of native people to Catholicism, put an end to the local practice of human sacrifice, and more than make up for the losses suffered by the Church, on the continent of Europe.

Read more about the amazing events in Mexico, here.

The pope’s current visit to Africa reminds us, despite continuing, major losses in the developed world, that the Catholic faith is still remarkably vibrant, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is still hugely relevant, especially on the African continent, where over the last hundred years, Catholic Church membership has grown from 2 million, to over 160 million souls.

Read more about the Catholic Church in Africa, here.

Isn’t it nice to know that God has a way of doing things that … despite our many failings and shortcomings … and despite the many and continuing challenges in the world … always brings about what he ultimately intends … for our good … and for the good of his holy church?

To paraphrase our site’s motto:
God loves us. God will provide. Believe it. It’s true!

Mexico’s Supreme Court rejects move to legalize abortion

Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 28, 2011 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- The members of Mexico’s Supreme Court on Sept. 28 rejected a decision that would have legalized abortion in the country.

By a 7 to 4 margin, the judges struck down a proposal by Supreme Justice Fernando Franco, which declared that the states’ legal shields against abortion were unconstitutional, and that abortion should be legal nationwide—up to the ninth month of pregnancy.

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How Catholic “gay ministries” serve the homosexual collective

“Gay Ministries” are Trojan Horses in the Catholic Church

The very fact that so-called “gay ministries” exist today in the Catholic Church in almost every major diocese in the world is a testimony to the ability of heretofore sexual outlaws to successfully organize, politicize and legitimatize sexually deviant behavior even within traditional enemy camps.

Of all society’s institutions, none is as important to the Homosexual Collective as organized religion, especially the Catholic Church. Religion is the supreme arbitrator and validator of human behavior. The secular State declares what acts are legal, but only the Church can declare which acts are moral and which are sinful. Hence, the Collective’s preoccupation with infiltrating, colonizing, and subverting the Church using the same strategies that have proven effective in the penetration of secular institutions in order to bring it under the Collective’s sphere of influence.

Clearly, under the leadership of Bishop Vera López, the Diocese of Saltillo in Coahuila has become the beachhead, the first secured area for political advancement of the “Gay Liberation Front” in Mexico.

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Report details the increasing violence against priests in Mexico

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) – Last year more than one thousand priests were victims of attempted extortions (for their “protection”, amounts ranging from ten thousand to two million Mexican pesos have been demanded).

About 162 were threatened with death. Two priests were kidnapped and killed.

In the last six years, the most violent of all time, 12 men religious were killed. According to an analysis by Catholic Media Centre (CMC), criminals are seeking money in exchange for protection, while pastors are being threatened with arson against their churches.

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Five centuries ago, St. Juan Diego was the first believer to meet the Virgin Mary under the title and appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Today, millions continue to encounter and embrace her motherly presence, especially on her feast day of Dec. 12.

The story of the Virgin Mary’s appearance in Mexico is well-known to many devotees. On Dec. 9, 1531, Juan Diego –a recently-baptized indigenous Mexican convert to Catholicism– was hurrying to Mass, to Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. But the woman he was heading to church to celebrate, came to him instead.

Regally attired, and speaking the native Aztec dialect, the radiant woman announced herself as the “ever-perfect holy Mary, who has the honor to be the mother of the true God.”

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Celebrating Mexico’s 200th birthday


As Mexico limps into the bicentennial of its 1810 independence uprising, it is battered and full of self-questioning, but with more openness and debate than perhaps at any other time in its history.

The bicentennial marks the 1810 uprising led by Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo, who gathered a band of Indians and farmers under the banner of the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe. He was caught and executed soon afterward, but by 1821 the movement he started ousted the Spanish, a feat Mexicans celebrate Sept. 15-16.

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“Deeper” background, part two

“Deeper” background, part three


Church continues counter-attack on Mexican Supreme Court for allowing same-sex ‘marriages,’ adoptions by homosexuals; cardinal sued for his remarks

Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 18, 2010 (CNA) — The Archdiocese of Mexico City has ripped the country’s Supreme Court for ruling to allow adoption by same-sex couples and warned that its members have become “accomplices of the psycho-emotional and moral tragedies that in the future may fall upon innocent children who are victims of this kind of adoption.”

In a statement signed by spokesman Fr. Hugo Valdemar, the archdiocese also noted that countless Christian families lament “the reckless, irresponsible and unjust decision” of the court, which issued its ruling on Monday “ignoring the international scientific studies against the adoption of children by same-sex couples.”

He said that some members of the court have gone to the extreme of acting against the natural law and against children. “All those responsible for their unfortunate decision which has now become law will have to answer to the Supreme Court of God, to their families and to history itself,” the priest warned.

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