The Pope and Our Lady visit Chiapas.
The mystery of indigenous culture - reflected in the Tilma. I think of that all of the time. What a thrilling experience to have the Pope come to you - as he does in every Apostolic pilgrimage, to strengthen the faith of believers - to confirm them in faith. He goes where Our Lady, as well as his predecessors, went before him.
The Pope had chosen to be with a people who have long been used and misused by the local ‘ladinos’, those of Spanish origin and the ‘mestizos’, those of mixed race. To put you in the picture not so long ago the indigenous people were only allowed into town for the market but had to return to their homes in the pine forests at night. - VRThe caste system still exists. I remember from my youth a Mexican man who was definitely a mix of indigenous and mestizos, yet he insisted he was Puerto Rican instead of Mexican and therefore more Spanish. I was too young to know the differences at the time, but it awakened in me a deeper interest in Latino culture, caste, and class systems. I'm so glad the Holy Father goes beyond these divisions.
Your peoples, as the bishops of Latin America have recognized, know how to interact harmoniously with nature, which they respect as a “source of food, a common home and an altar of human sharing” (Aparecida, 472).
And yet, on many occasions, in a systematic and organized way, your people have been misunderstood and excluded from society. Some have considered your values, culture and traditions to be inferior. Others, intoxicated by power, money and market trends, have stolen your lands or contaminated them. How sad this is! How worthwhile it would be for each of us to examine our conscience and learn to say, “Forgive me!” Today’s world, ravaged as it is by a throwaway culture, needs you! Exposed to a culture that seeks to suppress all cultural heritage and features in pursuit of a homogenized world, the youth of today need to cling to the wisdom of their elders! - Homily
He embraces the people as a father, as the Mother of God first did in 1531.
The Vatican says Pope Francis has presented a decree to Mexican indigenous peoples approving the use of the Aztec language Nahuatl in Mass.
Francis celebrated a Mass in three other indigenous languages Monday during a visit to the southern state of Chiapas — Tzeltal, Tzotzil and Chol. Official approval for those languages is still pending.
Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, tells reporters that the fact that Francis celebrated a Mass in which readings, prayers and the Gospel were read out in those languages is a sign that they are allowed to be used. - Story
Niño Dios with basket of flowers,
Templo Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal.