Any specific reason for this curiosity, Counts?
I don’t know where you get the idea of 99% catholic. 95% Christian is more accurate, which includes 90% for Catholics.
While it’s true that many seem to be Christian only in name, there’s a lot who ARE defending what is right and to standing up for what is needed rather than just worry about oneself as so many Mexicans do these days. It’s strange how people can be so warm and welcoming and yet incredibly selfish at times.
When you do meet a devout Catholic though, watch out cuz they’re on fire for the faith! I’d recommend you do a bit of research on the “Cristeros” movement of the early 19th century which could explain how Catholicism grew so much after being specifically targeted and outlawed.
One thing you’ll find that’s synonymous with Mexico is devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. As many have rightly said, she’s the glue that holds Mexico together and keeps the faithful strong (despite attempts by our society to cheapen the value of the image of the virgin and what she represents).
Speaking of Polish Catholics, it’s with good reason that Pope John Paul II had an affinity to her. He said: “The love that the Mexicans and the people of Latin America in general have for Our Lady of Guadalupe-a love expressed spontaneously and emotionally, but intensely and profoundly-is very similar to the Polish Marian devotion that shaped my own spirituality. They affectionately call Mary La Virgen Morenita, which can be freely translated as ‘the Black Madonna.’”
She appeared looking like the native people there, identifying herself with the new Mexicans and not the Spaniards. She came for us to show us the way. As the Pope said about him: “Juan Diego, having embraced Christianity without surrendering his indigenous identity, discovered the profound truth about the new humanity, in which all are called to be children of God in Christ.”
Anyway, I hope this helps a bit but if you have something more specific then ask.