Roman Catholicism in Guam
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States unincorporated territory of Guam is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Vatican City and locally administered by the Archdiocese of Agaña.
Catholicism was a product of Spanish colonial control as the island was part of the Spanish East Indies until 1898, when the United States acquired it after the Spanish-American War. The patron saint of Guam and the Marianas Islands is Our Lady of Camarin (Chamorro: Sånta Marian Kåmalen), a miraculous image found in the waters off the island's southwest coast sometime between the 17th and 18th centuries.
On October 14, 1965, the vicariate apostolic was raised to a diocese. The first supreme pontiff to visit the island was Pope John Paul II in 1981. Guam has been sending delegations of young people to World Youth Day since 1993.
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- John Paul II, Pope. "APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II TO JAMAICA, MEXICO AND DENVER (COLORADO) ON THE OCCASION OF THE EIGHTH WORLD YOUTH DAY (AUGUST 8-16, 1993)". Speech. Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
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