Washington, 2. It will be a profound moment of reflection and prayer but at the same time a tangible sign of the unity that reigns in the Catholic community.
Preparations are under way in Los Angeles, California, where Mass will be celebrated on 5 August in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
At this unique event a strip of the cloak of St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatz, a Native American who converted to Christianity, will be on display. The Virgin Mary miraculously appeared to him in the 16th century. It is the only relic of the tilma (the cloak belonging to the saint) present in the United States. The cloak with the image of Mary is kept in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City. In 1941 the Archdiocese of Mexico City donated the relic to Archbishop John Cantwell of Los Angeles.
The Knights of Columbus are supporting this initiative in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. At the event Archbishop José Horacio Gómez; Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson and the postulator of St Juan Diego's cause for canonization, Mons. Eduardo Chávez.