To Defeat the Coronavirus, Latin America Turns to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Source: FSSPX News

On Easter Sunday 2020, South America and the Caribbean will consecration themselves to Our Lady of Guadalupe, to ask her “for health and the end to the pandemic,” in the words of the announcement made by the presidency of the Latin American Episcopal Council.

The coronavirus pandemic is inexorably gaining ground in Latin America, a region of the world marked by the poverty of many populations and fragile health systems.

During the month of March 2020, the states of the South American continent all implemented a system of restrictive measures in an attempt to stem the progression of Covid-19.

Mandatory containment measures have been decrees in Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Bolivia, El Salvador, and Panama. Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, and Guatemala have also implemented longer curfews, and borders are closed in almost all these countries.

In this context, Monsignor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte, Archbishop of Trujillo and President of the South American Episcopal Council (Celam) declared in a public message published on March 31, 2020, that the “present moment requires us, as pastors, to see and listen to the sufferings of our peoples, by breathing hope and turning our eyes to our Heavenly Mother.”

The President of Celam has therefore decided to meet at noon on April 12, in the Basilica of Guadalupe (Mexico). The bells of all the churches in Latin America and the Caribbean will begin to ring in honor of the resurrection of Christ.

The “highlight” of Easter Day Mass will be “an act of consecration to Our Mother,” concludes Archbishop Cabrejos.

The eldest daughter of the Church would benefit from the example given by Latin America, in order to finally return to the arms of the one who is “as strong as an army drawn up in battle.”