The cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe dates back almost 500 years. It all started when an indigenous man named Juan Diego brought before the Spanish ecclesiastical authorities, based in Mexico, the ayate he was carrying where the image of the Morenita del Tepeyac miraculously appeared. What perhaps few know is that the garment suffered a direct attack; however, it received no damage.
The events occurred on November 14, 1921, around 10:30 in the morning, in the old basilica. Among a group of workers who visited the ayate to pray and pay tribute to him, there was an anticlerical activist who was holding a bouquet of flowers in his hands, the interior of which kept a dynamite bomb, which he placed under the image. The explosion caused damage to the marble, floor and walls around the yacht, which was not damaged.
“There is talk that there was a miracle. When the imposition of the 1917 constitution began, it was very anticlerical and, therefore, wanted to destroy the Catholic faith,”priest Juan Castillo, canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe, explained to the Mexican newspaper Excelsior. "It was not accepted that we Catholics professed our faith."
According to the newspaper of that time, El Universal, a man named Luciano Pérez was detained for his alleged responsibility, who became estranged from this situation and was released due to lack of evidence.
In addition, there is another incident that could have had fatal consequences. In 1785, when a worker cleaned the frame that covers the image, he accidentally spilled muriatic acid directly on the garment, and nothing happened to him either.
Although, the Virgin of Guadalupe is recognized for the many miracles that she has granted; those occurring in her own image are worth mentioning as well.
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