Catholic Passport

Guadalupe, Mexico


What to See

"Am I not here? I, who am your mother?"

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas.  She appeared as an Aztec princess to Juan Diego on December 9, 1531 and miraculously imprinted her image on his tilma.  Guadalupe is the most popular Catholic pilgrimage site in the Western Hemisphere.


From the Roman Missal - Collect of the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe

O God, Father of mercies,
who placed your people under the singular protection
of your Son’s most holy mother,
grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
may seek with ever more lively faith
the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, by Dennis Jarvis (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Pray with the Saints

Here are some resources to prepare for this pilgrimage:

In accepting the Christian message without forgoing his indigenous identity, Juan Diego discovered the profound truth of the new humanity, in which all are called to be children of God. Thus he facilitated the fruitful meeting of two worlds and became the catalyst for the new Mexican identity, closely united to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose mestizo face expresses her spiritual motherhood which embraces all Mexicans.
— St. John Paul II, July 31, 2002