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The day the Virgin of Guadalupe was attacked

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  • The infamous Virgin of Guadalupe attack.
  • There was an explosion at the Basilica
  • A miracle preserved the image.

Few remember that The Virgin of Guadalupe suffered an attack that could have been costly.

In fact, it is estimated that more than 5 million people gathered at the Basilica in the days leading up to this celebration.

According to tradition, The Patroness of Mexico appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego four times. The last was on December 12, 1531.

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According to Mexico Desconocido, the attack on the Virgin of Guadalupe occurred on November 14, 1921.

That day, several workers were inside the Basilica, located at the foot of Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City.

Suddenly, a man came out with a bouquet of flowers heading toward the image of The Patroness of Mexico.

Then, he placed the bouquet under her and rushed out of the Basilica. No one imagined what was about to happen.

What happened to the Virgin of Guadalupe?

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A few minutes later, a loud explosion was heard at the feet of the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Those present began to search for the man who had left the bouquet of flowers with the intention of lynching him.

Álvaro Obregón, the president of Mexico at that time, communicated with the president of La Villa to instruct him to detain the culprit.

Fortunately, the image of La Morenita was not damaged and many considered it a miracle. The explosion did affect some areas of the Basilica.

Who orchestrated this attack?

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For a long time, it was believed that Álvaro Obregón himself was the mastermind behind the attack on the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The president of Mexico, who died seven years later, was known for his radical stances against the Catholic Church.

Some residents claimed to have heard him say that he wanted to put an end, once and for all, to the image of La Guadalupana.

Days later, on November 17, 1921, the Catholic Association of Mexican Youth called for a march. They wanted the culprit to be punished.

The Crucified Christ protected the Virgin of Guadalupe

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Although the Virgin of Guadalupe was unharmed in this attack, the same cannot be said for the Crucified Christ.

This figure, made of iron and bronze, weighing just over 60 pounds, fell to the ground in a twisted heap. In other words, Jesus ‘protected’ his mother.

«Christ received the entire impact, defended our mother, and gave her back to us, as he did one day on Calvary Hill,» said Luis Felipe García.

The priest also said that he does not celebrate this attack but rather celebrates the triumph over this attack: «I celebrate the Resurrection,» he added.

‘The Virgin stood upright’

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According to Excélsior, the statue of Christ, now called the Holy Christ of the Attack, is preserved in a showcase at the Basilica of Guadalupe.

Luis Felipe García revealed that, after the explosion, the altar was destroyed, but the Virgin of Guadalupe remained standing «and not even the glass was broken.»

The man who left the bomb looked distraught. Who was he? A railroad worker named Luciano Pérez.

Following this incident, in 1926, the sacred tilma was removed from the altar, which was hidden in a double-bottomed wardrobe to keep it safe.

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