EFE.- The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported this Wednesday that the Vatican representative in Mexico, the nuncio Franco Coppola, delivered this day a part of the historical material that he requested from Pope Francis for the exhibition on the commemoration of 200 years of the consummation of the Independence of Mexico.
“Pope Francis, whom we respect and love in Mexico, sends us this copy of this ancient codex and other documents that are going to be exhibited in the exhibition at (the Museum of) Anthropology and the Ministry of Public Education from 27 September, ”López Obrador said in a video on social networks.
He recalled that the shipment is on the occasion of the commemoration of the 200 years of the consummation of Independence “and not only does he send us this copy of the codex, but many other documents, including a letter to the people of Mexico for the commemoration.”
In October 2020, Coppola, representative of the Holy See in Mexico, said that the Vatican was hesitant to deliver to Mexico the historical codices that López Obrador requested for the commemoration of the 500 years of the conquest.
At that time, Coppola said at a conference in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz, that the details of the issue had to be known “well” since some jurists pointed out that “Mexico cannot be lent anything because the law of Mexico prevents the return of the things that are loaned because they are historical monuments ”.
Almost a year earlier, on November 9, 2019, López Obrador sent a letter to Pope Francis in which he invited the Catholic Church to apologize to the indigenous people for the abuses of the conquest and asked the Vatican to borrow three historical codices and maps. of Tenochtitlan.
The objective of López Obrador was to expose these objects during the commemorations in 2021 of the 200 years of the consummation of the Independence of Mexico (1821), the 500 years of the conquest of Hernán Cortés (1521) and the 700 years of the founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City (1321).
Coppola, Mexico’s Interior Secretary, Adán Augusto López, and the writer and researcher Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, López Obrador’s wife, appeared in this Wednesday’s video.
The latter recalled that she traveled to Europe to speak with different authorities “so that they would allow us to exhibit or show codices and pieces in this exhibition and she also interviewed Pope Francis and these are the results.”
In his speech, Gutiérrez Müller thanked Pope Francis and the nuncio Coppola “who followed this process very closely”, the authorities of the Vatican Museum and the team of Mexicans who were locating these documents “which for the first time will be exhibited in Mexico ”.
In addition, he said that a digital version of another Vatican codex will also be presented.
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On his trip to Europe, which occurred in October 2020, Gutiérrez Müller, who is president of the Honorary Council for the Historical Memory of Mexico, was in Paris, Rome, the Vatican and Vienna to try to close cultural agreements and get some of these pieces.
The commemoration of the 200 years of the consummation of Independence is part of the 15 events that the Government of Mexico has prepared this 2021 in addition to the 500 years of the conquest and the 700 years of the founding of Tenochtitlan with a special weight of the communities indigenous peoples and the invitation of foreign leaders.
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