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Mexico performs first mass in Náhuatl language

Roman Catholic Bishop Felipe Arizmendi delivered the homily at the Basílica de Guadalupe.

Náhuatl was the language of Juan Diego, the first indigenous saint. (Photo: AP)
English 14/10/2015 09:51 Actualizada 09:52

The first Mass conducted in Mexico's most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country's most important church.

Roman Catholic Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said during his homily Tuesday at the Basílica of Guadalupe in Mexico City that rather than accept and respect the culture of the country's original peoples, they have been scorned.

He pointed out that Náhuatl was the language of Juan Diego, the first indigenous saint, who Catholic tradition says saw the Virgin of Guadalupe nearly 500 years ago. Pope John Paul II canonized Juan Diego in the same basilica in 2002.

Arizmendi spoke in Spanish and his words were translated to Náhuatl.

He told the congregants that God wants to speak to them in their own language.

 

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