The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was celebrated at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Syracuse Dec. 12. The feast day marks the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego in Tepeyac,
Mexico in 1531. Long a figure of special devotion for Hispanic Catholics, Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared patroness of the Americas by St. Pope John Paul II in 1999. She is also considered patroness of the unborn because she appeared to Juan Diego pregnant with Jesus.