This suggestion in no way diminishes the importance of our primary Patroness here in our country, Our Lady under her title of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated each December 8th.
Devotion to her is not limited to those with their roots in Mexico. She has become endeared to peoples all around the world and is celebrated in special ways in so many cultures and religious devotions.
The Fathers of the Special Assembly asked Pope John Paul II to name her as Patroness of the Americas. Our Holy Father traveled to Mexico City and on January 22, 1999 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he solemnly proclaimed her Patroness of the Americas.