Our Lady of Guadalupe Shouldn't be Viewed as Just a Mexican Tradition
Chaz Muth - Catholic News Service
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December 5, 2015

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is becoming more important throughout the Americas, a tradition that has been a mainstay in Mexican-Catholic culture. (Catholic News Service)

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been a religious and cultural hallmark for Mexican Catholics for centuries, but the custom received little attention from Anglo Catholics in the U.S. before the last few decades.

With the growing Latino population in the United States, the presence of Hispanics has steadily increased in Catholic churches throughout the country, creating a greater awareness of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.

Catholic scholars say the significance of her feast day, Dec. 12, has risen beyond the Americas with the emergence of the Latin American church on the world stage.

The dark-skinned image of Mary, known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, also has been identified by leaders of the universal Catholic Church as the face of the new evangelization.

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