Guadalupe Basilica closes its doors to the faithful due to coronavirus
For the first time in history, the Basilica of Guadalupe closed its doors to the faithful during the homily this Sunday, due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes offered the mass with only ten faithful, which was broadcast through social networks and some television channels. This is the first time in the history of this Catholic temple to close its doors, since during the crisis by Influence AH1N1 is being offered in the atrium.
In his message, the cardinal asked not to consider divine punishment for this disease and the question of “who sinned so that we are suffering from such a pandemic?” He replied that in the face of dramatic and critical situations, the faithful should ask themselves, what does God want from us in the face of such events?
The lifestyle of the society that is more concerned with attending to the body and satisfying its tendencies and in that inertia loses importance and meaning what others do, said the priest, who in the face of this pandemic, called on people to consider a change in that lifestyle.
During the Sunday homily, to the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the Tepeyac hill, there were no believers, the priests did not shake hands in a sign of peace and kept spaces apart to avoid the risks of contagion.
However, God and Our Lady were asked for by the people who have been infected with Covid-19, by those who have lost their lives as a result of this pandemic and by health workers, such as doctors and nurses, who work all days for others.
The suspension of Sunday masses due to Covid-19 will remain indefinitely in the country until there is an official remission of the disease. The administration of the Basilica, through the rector Salvador Martínez, has asked the faithful to suspend visits until further notice.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) is a Roman Catholic church, basilica, and National shrine of Mexico in the north of Mexico City which houses the cloak containing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The 1709 shrine was built near the hill of Tepeyac, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. The basilica structure which now contains Diego’s cloak was completed in 1974.
This site is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe or, in a more popular sense, La Villa, and has several churches and related buildings.
One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, the basilica and tilma (cloak) are visited by several million people every year, especially around 12 December, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast day.
Source: mvsnoticias.com, virgendeguadalupe.org.mx