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mark green Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: March 30, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not soon hear the end of a boo-boo made during her visit to Mexico. The Catholic News Agency reports Clinton’s stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was marked by a pretty good-sized gaffe when the secretary failed to grasp the history of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Catholics believe the image was miraculously imprinted on the cloak of St. Juan Diego in 1531, but when Clinton saw it she asked who painted it.  “God,” responded the basilica’s rector. A Mexican newspaper, El Manana, reports Clinton apparently didn’t get the explanation and asked a second time about the artist. And she got the same answer. A State Department declined comment, citing unfamiliarity with the story.

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