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Mary Garcia Guadalupe Zavala

"They touched the flesh of Christ." This was how Pope Francis presented María Guadalupe García Zavala (1878-1963, co-founderess of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Margaret Mary and the Poor) and Laura Montoya y Upegui (1874-1949, founderess of the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Mary the Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena), proclaimed saints on  May the 12th last year. María Guadalupe García Zavala, mother Lupita, as she was affectionately known, was a Mexican nun who was noted in particular for her bravery during the period of fierce anti-Catholic persecution (1926-1929): together with her sisters, she protected priests and lay people from the murderous fury of the revolutionaries and healed without discrimination wounds of every type, including those of  the revolutionaries themselves. "Having given up a comfortable life to follow Jesus - the Pope explained -  she taught the love of poverty, in order to love the poor and the sick even more. Mother Lupita knelt on the floor of the hospital in front of the sick to serve them with tenderness and compassion. Even today her spiritual daughters seek to reflect the love of God through their works of charity, irrespective of sacrifices, confronting any obstacle with kindness, courage and apostolic perseverance. "

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