In December 1531, the Blessed Virgin appeared four times to an Aztec Indian convert, baptized and named, 'Juan Diego'. She appeared on a hill outside of Mexico City called Tepeyac and requested that a chapel be built there in her honor. The Virgin sent the visionary to deliver her request to the local bishop but he was met with skeptism and speedily dismissed.
Three Remarkable Facts About the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
- The stars on the Blessed Mother’s dress correspond to the constellations that were present over the Mexican skies in 1531!
- In 1921, a bomb planted by an anti-clerical group exploded beneath the main altar of the old basilica, directly beneath the image. The explosion blew out several windows in the church and twisted a large cast-iron crucifix, but the image and the glass covering over it suffered no damage whatsoever!
- In 1929, a photographer noticed the tiny face of a bearded man in the right eye of the Blessed Mother's image; a man resembling the oldest known portrait of St. Juan Diego!