Reconciliation Will be Celebrated for Mexico’s Bicentennial

I previously wrote about Mexico saying the rosary for it’s 200th Anniversary, but today I found this article on EWTN. This story is about bishops of the Catholic Church who are also suggesting that Mexican citizen try and attend Reconciliation on this day as well. I am glad to see religious aspects of celebration for this country’s bicentennial. It would be nice to see other countries follow in the foot steps of Mexico.

“The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has released a pastoral letter for the country’s bicentennial celebrations in which they call on the nation to maintain its Catholic roots and seek reconciliation as the key to confronting social problems.

The 72-page letter is divided into three parts, focusing first on Mexico’s past and the role the faith has played in forging the nation’s identity and history, then stressing the country’s need for policies that prioritize the “legitimate yearning for freedom and justice.”

The third section underscores the duty Mexicans have to be “the protagonists of events and not mere spectators.” The bishops proposed three fundamental priorities for the continued development of the country: an all-out attack on poverty, quality and comprehensive education for all, and a sustained effort to bring about reconciliation, unity and integration to all components of society.

The bishops stressed that the well being of the country demands that all “doors be closed to the temptation to resort to violence, which only causes death, backsliding and destruction.” “To those who seek to sow a state of fear and death through illicit and criminal activities, putting everything that we have achieved throughout our history at risk, … we must say that the real Mexican society repudiates them and the Church calls them to a conversion back to the paths of justice and good.”

“Mexico is a great nation with a providential history and vocation,” the bishops said in conclusion. “It is a country that has been blessed by God” and should continue along that path.” – “Bishop Propose Reconciliation As Key to Celebrating Mexico’s Bicentennial” , EWTN

Rosary for Mexico’s 200 Year Anniversary

This story from Catholic News Agency was great to read about. Mexico is celebrating two hundred years of independence on September 8th this year. They plan to do so by praying a special rosary nationwide to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is such a great thing to see, I wish more countries would do events such as this.

“The Knights of Columbus announced today that to celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexico’s National Independence, the organization will hold a world-wide Rosary, which will be prayed on September 8.

During the closing of its 128th Supreme Convention in Washington D.C., the Knights of Columbus announced that as part of the festivities to celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial, the Knights, the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Institute of Guadalupan Studies will organize an event called the “Universal Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

According to the Knights, “The purpose of the event is to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe as the ‘Shield and the Patroness of Our Liberty’ and as the Mother of the Civilization of Love.”

During this event, on September 8, 2010, a special “Rosary of Guadalupan Love” will be prayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST.

“The ‘Rosary of Guadalupan Love’ is a special prayer designed to connect the messages Our Lady of Guadalupe gave to St. Juan Diego with the seven sacraments of the Church and the Church as the sacrament of salvation,” the Knights explained.

“This event is to be celebrated worldwide, uniting in prayer the members of all Knights of Columbus councils and their families, and all dioceses of the universal Church throughout the world.”” – “Knights of Columbus to Promote Worldwide Rosary for Mexico’s Bicentennial”, Catholic News Agency