Juan Diego Canonized by Pope John Paul II

Juan Diego Canonized by Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II
Source: James G. Howes

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Pope John Paul II canonizes Juan Diego (Cuauhtlatoatzin), an Indian born before Europeans arrived in the New World. According to church tradition, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, leaving an olive-skinned image of herself on his cloak and helping drive the conversion of millions of Indians throughout the Americas.

No unambiguous evidence that Juan Diego even existed appears in the historical recored until a century after his life, when the Nican Mopohua is published in 1649. The Vatican, however, accepts the Codex Escalada as a valid record of events and as dating to 1548.


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