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Wednesday, April 1, 2009


After a recent public relations flap, where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her Russian counterpart a “reset” button with an ironic misspelling, one would have thought that more research and preparation was in order for Clinton and her state department. But the opposite seems to be true after Clinton, on a trip to Mexico, told a group gathered outside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, “You have a marvelous virgin!”

If that wasn’t a big enough insult, while viewing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the tilma, Clinton asked Msgr. Diego Monroy, “who painted it?” Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”

It seems the computer savvy of the Obama campaign has not made its way to the State Department, as a quick google search would have revealed some important details to Clinton:

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is an aspect of the Virgin Mary, who is believed to have appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec convert to Roman Catholicism in 1531. According to the traditional account, Juan Diego was walking between his village and Mexico City on December 12, 1531 when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, speaking to him in his native Nahuatl language. She told him to build a church at the site.

“When Juan Diego spoke to the Spanish bishop, the bishop did not believe him, asking for a miraculous sign. Although it was winter, the Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers, and Spanish roses bloomed right at his feet.

“When Juan Diego presented these to the bishop, the roses fell from his apron (the Tilma) and an icon of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted on the cloth.

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