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No Question, One Of The Most Beautiful Celebrations Has To Be Las Mañanitas De La Virgen

Mark your calendars. December 12 is El Día De La Virgen De Guadalupe and you know your mom is going to ask si fuiste a misa to wish La Virgen a Happy Birthday. Here are just a few examples of how you can join in on the celebration and keep mom happy.

It usually begins with mass at 5 a.m.


Yes it’s super early, but it’s so worth it. Mass usually includes a serenata from live mariachi singing “Las Mañanitas.”

After mass, comienza el baile with Aztec dancers.


Most only get to see this once a year.

What birthday girl doesn’t get flowers? La Virgen’s altars get decked out with a ton of beautiful flowers.


El Día De La Virgen De Guadalupe is a special day celebrated every year on December 12 honor, well, La Virgen De Guadalupe.

And although she doesn’t get a cake, she still gets velitas.


Velitas and veladoras.

Thousands gather for the festivities.


They bring pictures, wear medallas and any Virgen gear they can find.

And December 12 usually lends itself to a parade.

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Who doesn’t love a parade, huh? No one.

The mariachi doesn’t stop playing until the day’s over.

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Because is it really a celebration without a mariachi?

The Basilica in Mexico City, especially, goes all out.

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That is her home after all.

But other countries also celebrate with full Virgen floats.


Just a little bit of crafty moss goes a long, long way.

Ceremonies usually end with a fully interactive and nativity scene-themed La Virgen altar.

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How many remember playing a part in the play?

Even the youngins get in on the festivities.

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¡Que preciosa!


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The Pope Is On Twitter And He Is Dropping A Lot Of Knowledge On All Of His Devoted Followers

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The Pope Is On Twitter And He Is Dropping A Lot Of Knowledge On All Of His Devoted Followers

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So it’s a chill day at work and you’re sitting there scrolling through Twitter…when *gasp* you discover the Pope – yes, that Pope – has a Twitter account. Wait…what?! Is this for real? How did we not know this? Not only does he have a Twitter feed but he’s got like 18 million more followers than you do. Naturally, you start scrolling only to realize the Pope is woke af!

From calling out world leaders for their failure to secure peace in the world or to combat climate change to calling for the protection of the weak and poor among us – the Pope’s Twitter feed is where I go now for some serious feels.

He’s doling out some pretty sage advice.

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Okay, Pope Francis. I see you trying to get us all to get along. I feel like this is something my mom has said to me a lot when I was a kid. Like, be nice to your primos y hermanos because they are going to be with you in the future.

His tweets are literally things that our tías have been telling us for years.

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It is like she is writing his tweets or he is getting his inspo from her. I am 100 percent sure my tía told me this just last weekend when we were at dinner.

He basically put Trump on blast for his inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants.

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It is known that the Pope and President Trump have a little feud going on. Mainly Trump has a feud and likes to react to things that the Pope says because he might feel like he is in the wrong, but who knows.

He even took a stand on climate change and put the blame on humanity.

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Our family isn’t in the business of discussing this but if they did, it would sound like this. We all know that our family loves to talk about people and how they aren’t behaving. It is their favorite pastime.

He also channels that one prima we all have…

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You know the one. She’s always telling you to let Jesus into your heart and trying to get you to go to church with her.

And apparently, Mary was the very first social influencer.

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There are so many major influencers out there but if the Pope gets behind you and calls you the most influential woman in history then that’s it – you are.

He knows how to help the gente spread the love.

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When the Pope speaks…people listen.

We can all stand to be reminded of this, am I right?

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The Pope tries to make peace between all sorts of groups of people and here he is using some of that meta-advice for something simple: listen to your family, friends, partners, co-workers and others. #ListeningSkills

And he throws down for the abuelos.

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Love you nana!

Mami has got to be following the Pope on Twitter.

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This is straight out of my mom’s mouth. Pero like how did she know the Pope was on Twitter before me…?

And you know your mom always pulled this out when there’s some family drama.

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Of course, she would never admit to having drama in our familia but when others came with chisme about theirs, this is totally the type of advice my mom would give to friends. Think Virginia de la Mora from Casa de las Flores.

This is some heavy advice but oh my god so true!

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Why didn’t I see this Tweet when I needed it most?! My tears irrigate life? Amazing!

Is it just me or is the Pope throwing shade at all the thots on social media?

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He does not hold back with what he thinks about the people. Honestly, if anyone on this planet should be allowed to judge, it is the man who gave his entire life to the church.

Alright…so maybe the Trump/Pope feud is a real thing?

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This is definitely some not-so-veiled shade towards the U.S. president and his tendency to lash out at anyone who disagrees with him.

Pretty sure we’re all thinking the same…

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But like he’s the Pope who leads a community of more than a billion people and can get away with calling out world leaders.

Sometimes you can’t sugarcoat the truth.

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If he isn’t channeling my mom every time she steps into my room…

If this isn’t mis papas trying to inspire me every time I start doubting what I’m doing with my life.

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Mijo, work hard and you can do anything you want to do!

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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

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Catholics Are Upset With Pope Francis For Donating Money To Help Migrants In Mexico

In a generous move that will help assist over 75,000 migrants currently at the U.S. border, Pope Francis donated $500,000 in aid to migrants. The donation will be distributed between 27 projects associated with 16 Mexican dioceses and congregations. The funds will continue providing food, lodging, and basic necessities to migrants fleeing their home countries through Mexico.

The Vatican says there have been nearly 75,000 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala that are essentially “stranded.”

The Catholic Church has been helping those fleeing their home countries by supplying medical necessities. The church is also housing thousands of migrants in hotels within dioceses or congregations. The donation is another way to help as the number of waiting migrants continues to grow in the coming months.

“In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having traveled more than 4,000 kilometers on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala,” reads a press release from the Vatican. “Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the U.S. border remains closed to them.”

Thirteen various projects have also already been approved for aid in Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and Nogales, which all border the U.S. The remaining 14 projects are still undergoing the approval process, according to the press release.

The donation comes less than a month after Francis criticized Trump and other “builders of walls” who want to keep migrants out of their countries.

The funds are another rebuke to President Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration from Francis. In March, he said that “Builders of walls will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build.”

“I realize that with this problem [of migration], a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” Francis told reporters.

Back in 2016, Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to keep migrants out of America was an un-Christian decision.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Pope Francis told The New York Times, referring to Trump’s immigration policies.

The donation has angered a lot of people within and outside of the church.

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Religion is supposed to be about compassion. There is something in the bible about welcoming foreigners into your land and treating them kindly. It is almost like people forgot this passage recently…

Others are threatening to turn their backs on the church.

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While no one should be forced to accept anyone’s political affiliation as their own, one would expect that someone part of a church would understand compassion.

Some people are mad because the Catholic church didn’t donate enough.

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The internet is good for one thing: opinions. Social media is a place where no one wins. No matter what you do, people will argue that you did too much, not enough, or got involved in something you shouldn’t be involved with. It’s a real no win.

Some loyal Catholics support the pope and his donation.

The migrant crisis at the border has been exacerbated for months due to U.S. policies targeting migrants and legal asylum seekers. The Trump administration has even started forcing migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are being processed, which one U.S. federal judge ruled to be illegal.

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