Adds a website called Little Things:
Now let’s be blunt. This is either a flagrant stunt, a holy miracle (the little saint giving a sign), or a trickster (spirit) trying, and successfully, to freak visitors out. You discern.
The cathedral, it’s noted (by latinflyer.com), is home to various altars, as well as the remains of three cardinals and multiple bishops (there’s even the heart of a Mexican president here). “But it’s the mummified remains of one little girl — known only as Santa Inocencia, or Saint Innocence — who attracts the most curious gazes, as well as some of the most passionate prayers from visitors,” it says. “The glass case containing her body, located near the front entrance of the church, never fails to attract attention.”
But as it turns out, the true story behind how Santa Inocencia arrived to rest publicly in Guadalajara’s cathedral is very much open to debate. According to one legend, when her father disappeared, neighbors discovered her body and carried it to the cathedral. By this rendition, she apparently was a local girl, still wearing the white dress for her First Communion.
“Another story — the one told on the small sign in the cathedral — claims that the remains of the little girl were taken out of a cemetery in Rome in 1786, and sent in 1788 to Don Vicente Flores Alatorre, a Catholic church dignitary who taught divinity at the Guadalajara cathedral. Flores gave the remains to the Agustinas de Santa Monica convent in Guadalajara. After the convent shut down, the Diocesan seminary began using the facility in 1869, and seminary members found the little girl’s remains in the chapel. The seminary was evicted and moved to the San Sebastián de Analco temple in 1915, taking Santa Inocencia along to the new location. When the seminarians were kicked out of that site too, in 1924, the Archbishop D. Francisco Orozco y Jiménez decided that the body should be moved to the Guadalajara cathedral. Santa Inocencia took her current place in the cathedral in 1925.”
In another version, she was tortured and killed by Roman Legionnaires when Christianity started to rise in Europe. However she died, she may once have been in the catacombs.
Let’s just stick with the official historical accounts of this holy child and leave it in the trustworthy hands of the Church…