The following homily was delivered by Pope John Paul II at the Mass of Canonization for St. Juan Diego, given at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Mexico City, July 31, 2002.

“I thank you, Father…that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was your gracious will” (Mt 11:25-26).

Dear Brothers and Sisters, these words of Jesus in today’s Gospel are a special invitation to us to praise and thank God for the gift of the first indigenous Saint of the American Continent. With deep joy I have come on pilgrimage to this Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Marian heart of Mexico and of America, to proclaim the holiness of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, the simple, humble Indian who contemplated the sweet and serene face of Our Lady of Tepeyac, so dear to the people of Mexico….

Read more: St. Juan Diego, “True and Faithful Man”