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===Indigenous rights===
[[File:Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan (Jalisco, Mexico) - statue, St. Juan Diego.jpg|thumb|Statue of Saint Juan Diego in Mexico]]
To the spiritual and social significance of Juan Diego within the Guadalupe event, there can be added a third aspect which has only recently begun to receive explicit recognition, although it is implicit in the two aspects already discussed: namely, the rights of indigenous people to have their cultural traditions and way of life honoured and protected against encroachment. All three themes were fully present in the homily of Pope John Paul II at the canonization of Juan Diego on July 31, 2002, but it was the third which found its most striking expression in his rallying call: "''¡México necesita a sus indígenas y los indígenas necesitan a México!''" (Mexico needs thetheir indigenous people, the indigenous people need Mexico).<ref>John Paul II, [https://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/homilies/2002/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_20020731_canonization-mexico_en.html homily (in Spanish)] at the canonization of Blessed Juan Diego, July 31, 2002, §4</ref> In this regard, Juan Diego had previously been acclaimed at the beatification ceremony in 1990 as the representative of an entire people – all the indigenous who accepted the Christian Gospel in New Spain – and, indeed, as the "protector and advocate of the indigenous people".<ref>''idem'', [https://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/homilies/1990/documents/hf_jp-ii_hom_19900506_citta-del-messico_sp.html homily (in Spanish)] at the beatification of Juan Diego, May 6, 1990, §5.</ref>
 
[[File:Mexico.SanJuanDiego.statue.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Statue of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin Church of San Juan Bautista, Coyoacán, México DF.]]
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