12 Fascinating Facts About the Virgin of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe Is a Powerful Symbol of Mexican Identity
Mexicans will tell you that they are 90 percent Catholic but percent Guadalupan. While the numbers aren't entirely accurate anymore, it is definitely the case that the Virgin of Guadalupe has been a constituent part of Mexican national identity, reflected in the fact that millions of both women and men are named Guadalupe, many going by the nickname "Lupe," such as my former colleague at the University of Houston, Dr. As a specialist in Latin American religion, I've always been fascinated by the most important advocation of the Virgin Mary both in terms of territorial coverage and number of devotees. The Virgin purportedly appeared to an Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, for the first time on a hill called Tepeyac on December 9, , and told the Christian convert, in his native language of Nahautl, that she wanted a church built in her honor on the site of her apparition. Juan Diego sought out the archbishop of Mexico City to share news of the miraculous apparition but was met with skepticism. Determined to have her church built and named Guadalupe, the Virgin instructed the middle-aged Aztec to ty again with the top prelate in Mexico.
10 things to know about the Virgin of Guadalupe
Juan Diego in a vision in The name also refers to the Marian apparition itself. Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions.
The basilica is the most-visited Catholic shrine in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. Pope Leo XIII granted the image a decree of a canonical coronation on 8 February and it was ceremoniously crowned on 12 October Catholic accounts provide that the Virgin Mary appeared four times to Juan Diego and once more to his uncle, Juan Bernardino. The first apparition occurred on the morning of Saturday, December 9, Julian calendar , which is December 19 on the proleptic Gregorian calendar in present use , when it is said that an indigenous Mexican peasant named Juan Diego experienced a vision of a young woman at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac , which later became part of Villa de Guadalupe , in a suburb of Mexico City.