Santa Ana (Canada), July 26. Pope Francis holds Our Lady of Guadalupe as an example of the preaching of indigenous peoples during the “play of victory” at Homely in a ceremony celebrated at Lake Santa Ana in the province of Alberta in Canada. Pilgrimage for Catholics and especially for the native peoples of this country.
“In this blessed place, where harmony and peace reign, we present to you the anomalies of our history, the horrific effects of colonialism, the indelible pain of so many families, grandparents and children,” Francis said of the marginalized and Referring to the abuse, he said. Suffered by Native peoples in Canada, also by the Catholic Church.
Francisco visited the place on the feast day of San Joaquin and Santa Ana, Mary’s parents and Jesus’ grandparents, and where the first mission of evangelism to the indigenous people was made and which later became a pilgrimage site. became an important place.
So, he asked grandmothers to help heal the wounds that have been marginalized over the years.
“Yes, because mother and grandmother help heal the wounds of the heart. During the play of Victory, it was Our Lady of Guadalupe who taught the indigenous people to speak their language and wear their costumes, without violence, and to maintain honest faith. broadcast. without imposition,” said the pope.
Although Francis acknowledged and apologized for the evil done by many in the Church during the colonization of the American continent, he also highlighted the good that many missionaries did today.
And, soon after, with the advent of the printing press, the first grammars and catechisms were published in indigenous languages. In this respect the missionaries who preach authentically have done well to preserve the indigenous languages and cultures in many parts of the country. World!”
And he explained that “in Canada, this “maternal rite” that was performed by the work of St. Anne united indigenous traditions and the beauty of the faith, and shaped them with the wisdom of a grandmother who is a mother of two. . Church is a woman, she is a mother,” he insisted.
And he lamented that “part of the painful legacy we are facing is because of preventing indigenous grandmothers from transmitting faith in their language and culture. This loss is certainly a tragedy.”
As described by the Mexican Church, on December 12, 1531 in Mexico, an indigenous named Juan Diego, upon reaching a hill called Tepeyac, heard a voice calling him by name and as he climbed “a clothed man in the sun”. admired the woman” who called her.
On the morning of the same day, the winter solstice occurred, the most important day for pre-Hispanic cultures in their religious calendar, the day in which the sun emerges and emerges victorious over darkness.
A study published on the official website of the Sanctuary of Santa María de Guadalupe established that the Virgin “wanted to show herself to the ancient indigenous people with an outfit full of symbols, like a code, so that the inhabitants of these lands could easily understand This.”