Virgin Mary of Guadalupe is the most revered shrine of Latin America. Every year, about 14 million people come to the top of Tepeyac Hill (north of modern Mexico City) to worship the image of the Virgin. According to local beliefs, you need to come here on foot, with the last 100 meters with prayer and on your knees. Most believers come there from December 9 to 12, when all of Mexico celebrates St. Mary’s Day.
According to legend, the Virgin Mary stopped the deadly epidemic in Mexico City, which was raging in 1736-1737. In this regard, on April 27, 1737, Pope Clement XII declared the Virgin of Guadalupe the patroness of Mexico City. On May 25, 1754, Pope Benedict XIV proclaimed her the patroness and protector of New Spain, August 24, 1910 Pius X – patroness of all of Latin America, and July 16, 1935 Pius XI – patroness of the Philippines.
On January 22, 1999, Pope John Paul II proclaimed her “the patron saint of all the people of America and the star of evangelism.” Virgin of Guadalupe is the patroness and protector of unborn children. Her image is often used by pro-abortion advocates.