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ABOVE: Our Lady of Guadalupe. BELOW: (1) Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City - Andrew McMillan/Public Domain. (2) Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, Copacabana, Bolivia - Pavel Špindler/CC BY 3.0/Wikimedia Commons. (3) Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, Aparecida, Brazil - Larissa Fraga/CC BY 3.0/Wikimedia Commons. (4) Basilica of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, Maracaibo, Venezuela - CC0. (5) Sanctuary of Quinche, Ecuador - Marc Figueras (Oersted)/Public domain. (6) Basilica and Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Lima - Francisco Anzola/CC BY 2.0/Wikimedia Commons. (7) Sanctuary of Our Lady of Coromoto, Venezuela - HumbRios/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons.

These South American Marian devotions are heaven’s rebuke to idol worship.

By Patti Armstrong, EWTN News, 11/11/19

In the aftermath of the Amazon Synod, many Catholics are still disturbed about the Pachamama statues which were bowed down to at Vatican events and later thrown into the Tiber River by a Catholic convert.

But in the land where Pachamama is still worshiped, going head to head with the false idol is no contest for the Blessed Mother. In Scripture, when God says to the serpent, “She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel” (Genesis 3:15), it is the Blessed Mother of whom he speaks. Pachamama is the imaginary fertility goddess in Inca mythology, still worshiped in the Andes mountain range which covers Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru and northern Argentina. These countries also have devotions to the Blessed Mother.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and Unborn

The overarching devotion for all of the Americas, including the  Pan-Amazon region which is mostly Catholic, is Our Lady of Guadalupe. In Mexico in December 1531, she made three appearances to St. Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, as the pregnant Mother of God. Our Lady of Guadalupe provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his  tilma, so that the bishop would believe in the apparitions. On Dec. 12, when Juan opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground, and the bishop sank to his knees. On the tilma, there appeared an image of Mary.

The apparition was of vast significance for the indigenous people, revealing how much God cared for them. They immediately understood the  symbolism within her image and that human sacrifice must cease. People converted in droves— an estimated 9 million within the next 10 years. Today, over 20 million faithful visit the Basilica every year, making it the second most visited church in the world, after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Learn more here. ….

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