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The Popes and Our Lady of Guadalupe

(Fall, 2006) By Sr. Mary Agatha, CMRI The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a dear and familiar one to many Catholics today, but especially to those living in the Americas. It is most fitting, moreover, that her feast should fall in the month of December, because this miraculous image, which brings our Blessed Mother so clearly before us in such a unique way, reflects both the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin and her Immaculate Conception. The dark sash around her waist was recognized as that once commonly worn by expectant mothers. Moreover, scientists who have studied the image have determined that it is indeed the portrait of a woman who is expecting. The name Guadalupe actually is the result of a misunderstanding of what Our Lady said to Juan Diego. The Spanish- speaking Bishop Zumarraga thought that the Indian had told him “Guadalupe,” the name of a

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Pope Gregory XVI – Cum Primum

Main Doctrines: Most Important Quotes. (See also the pull quotes below) Historical Background The Pope had suffered a revolution in his states in 1831, soon after his crowning. Poland had been influenced by the ideas of the French and American Revolution, and many poles had fought together with Napoleon in the hopes of obtaining help from France to bring the ideals of the french revolution, (among which, of course, was de-Christianization and the Secular State). After the defeat of Napoleon and the congress of Vienna, Poland had been placed under the power of the Russian Tsar, as the “Duchy of Warsaw”, a state part of a commonwealth, with some internal independence and its own constitution.The Tsar, foreseeing the forces of revolution and freemasonry at work, censored the press and forbade freemasonry. Soon after the clubs and clandestine organizations were to create an uprising in Poland, which has gone down in history

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