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In 1531 as Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, was traveling through the Tepeyac hill country in central Mexico, Mary appeared to him. She told him that she loved him and desired that he know who she was, the mother of the true God, who gives life. She promised to console all who implore her help and that they would be at peace. She asked him to go to the bishop in Tenochtitlan with her request that a church be built on this spot. Mary was waiting when Juan Diego returned, he told her that the bishop would only consider her request and that maybe she should send someone else. Mary told him that it was he she had chosen and that he should go back to the bishop and repeat her request.
The bishop asked Juan Diego for a sign from the Lady to prove who she was. Mary’s response to Juan Diego was “My little Son, am I not your Mother? Do not fear, the Bishop shall have his sign.” Though it was winter, Mary told Juan Diego to pick roses that were growing there and she arranged them inside of his tilma. When Juan Diego opened his tilma to the bishop and others, the roses fell out, and there, on the inside of the tilma, was a picture of Mary exactly as Juan Diego had described her. The tilma now hangs over the alter in the Basilica. Made of cactus cloth, it has not disintegrated, nor has the image faded in over 470 years.
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