Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Virgin of Guadalupe

  • Jakob Egeris ThorsenEmail author
  • R. Andrew Chesnut
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_239


The Virgin of Guadalupe is an advocation of the Virgin Mary whose center of veneration is the Minor Basilica of Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and the entire Americas. Devotion to the “Brown Virgin” (la Virgen Morena) is very common among Catholics in Mexico, throughout Latin America, and among Latinos in the United States.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Virgin of Guadalupe (official title: Our Lady of Guadalupe; in Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) is an advocation of the Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The Basilica with the image is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. On October 12, 1895, Pope Leo XIII granted the venerated image a canonical coronation and its official title.

According to the hagiography, the Virgin appeared to an Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, for the first time on a hill called Tepeyac on December 9, 1531, and told...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Culture and Society, Department of TheologyAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.College of Humanities and Sciences, School of World StudiesVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA