World Cup victors dedicate trophy to Our Lady of Guadalupe
This year’s World Cup victors dedicated their trophy to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Marian basilica in Mexico City in fulfillment of a promise made by the president of the Spanish Royal Federation of Soccer ahead of the tournament.
Angel Maria Villar, president of the SRFS, presented the trophy to Msgr Diego Monry Ponce, fulfilling a promise made during his last visit to Mexico.
Afterwards, Villar said, “Every time I have come to Mexico, I have visited the Basilica.”
“When I came to sign the agreement for the match in Mexico I went to Mass and I prayed for one thing, to be world champions. I am selfish — you’re not supposed to ask for those things and the mother of God granted it to me.”
The Spanish officials were accompanied for the presentation by the president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, Jacinto Desio de Maria, and other members of his staff.
In his homily, Msgr Monroy Ponce emphasised the human values which sport fosters in society and suggested that sport is a vehicle for the creation of spiritual strength.
“An effort of this dimension not only has do to with winning but also with spirituality,” he said.
“We are very happy that the Spanish Royal Federation of Soccer has fulfilled its desire before Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mother of all. Don’t forget that when she appeared to the Juan Diego, she told him, ‘I am your mother,’ which makes her the mother of the entire mixture of the Indigenous and Spanish cultures,” he added.
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego in 1531, just a few years after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
After he told the local bishop of his vision, the image of Our Lady appeared on his tilma. This miracle led to the conversion of Mexico.
Juan Diego was canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Spain and Mexico will match up for a game in celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico’s independence.