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Guadalupe virgin produces Clinton gaffe

Guadalupe virgin produces Clinton gaffe
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill) | License Photo

MEXICO CITY, March 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed her lack of understanding about one of the Catholic Church's most well-known religious artifacts in Mexico.

During a visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City last Thursday, Clinton was given a close-up look at the cloak of St. Juan Diego, on which the faithful say the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, miraculously imprinted her image in 1531.

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The Catholic News Agency reported Clinton asked the basilica's rector, "Who painted it?"

"God!" replied Msgr. Diego Monroy.

The secretary of state left a bouquet of white flowers "on behalf of the American people" near the relic and then lit a green candle at a nearby area set aside for people to light votive candles.

The news agency said Clinton later told some of the Mexicans gathered outside to greet her, "You have a marvelous virgin!"

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