Friday, March 16, 2007

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

Whispers in the Loggia reports on the new retablo to be unveiled at the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano in California.

The central figures are an antique depiction of the Godhead and, below, an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe replicated exactly from a 17th century version of the famed Mexican image. On its sides are the figures of Bl Junipero Serra, the founder of the California missions (depicted holding a miniature of the basilica); the "Lily of the Mohawks" Bl Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of Native Americans, in tribute to the remaining indigenous population in the area; St Joseph, the patron of the universal church, and St Francis of Assisi, to whose spiritual sons the evangelization of California was eventually entrusted.

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