Juan Diego, Saint

▪ Mexican saint
original name  Cuauhtlatoatzin 
born 1474, Cuautitlán [near Mexico City], Mexico
died May 30, 1548, Tepeyac Hill [Mexico City]; canonized July 31, 2002; feast day December 9

      indigenous Mexican convert to Roman Catholicism and saint who, according to tradition, was visited by the Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe (Guadalupe, Our Lady of)).

      Little is known of the early life of Juan Diego, whose original name was Cuauhtlatoatzin (“the Talking Eagle”). Although he described himself as poor, he may have meant poor in spirit; it has been suggested that he was an Aztec prince. He was married but had no children. When he was 50 years old, he and his wife were among the first indigenous people to accept baptism and convert to Christianity after its introduction to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors and missionaries.

      According to tradition, Juan Diego experienced his first vision of the Virgin Mary on December 9, 1531. While on his way to mass, he was visited by Mary, who was surrounded in heavenly light, on Tepeyac Hill on the outskirts of what is now Mexico City. She spoke to him in his native language and asked him to tell the bishop to build a shrine to her on the hill. The bishop did not believe Juan Diego's story and asked for proof that Mary had appeared to him. On December 12, while searching for a priest to administer last rites to his uncle, Juan Diego was visited by Mary again. He told her of the bishop's answer, and she instructed him to gather roses and bring them to the bishop as a sign. She also informed Juan Diego that his uncle would recover from his illness. Juan Diego found many roses on the hill, even though it was winter. When he opened his tilma (cloak) while appearing before the bishop, dozens of roses fell out, and an image of Mary, imprinted on the inside of his cloak, became visible. Having received his proof, the bishop ordered that a church be built on Tepeyac Hill in honour of the Virgin. Juan Diego returned home and found his uncle's health restored.

      For the rest of his life Juan Diego lived in a hut next to the church built in honour of Mary and took care of the pilgrims who came to the shrine. He was buried in the church, and his tilma can still be seen in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Guadalupe, Basilica of). His existence, which had been questioned by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, was confirmed by the Vatican, and Juan Diego was beatified on May 6, 1990, and canonized on July 31, 2002, by Pope John Paul II. Numerous miracles have been attributed to him, and he remains one of the most popular and important saints in Mexico.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Juan Diego Flórez — Juan Diego Florez Pour les articles homonymes, voir Florez. Juan Diego Florez …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Juan Diego — Infobox Saint name=Saint Juan Diego birth date=c. 1474 death date=May 30, 1548 (aged 64) feast day=December 9 venerated in=Roman Catholicism imagesize=205px caption=Painting of Juan Diego by Miguel Cabrera birth place=Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan,… …   Wikipedia

  • Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin — Statue Juan Diego dans l église San Juan Bautista, Coyoacán, DF Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 30 mai 1548) est, selon l Église, un Indien mexicain de la tribu des Nahuas qui aurait assisté en 1531 à l apparition de la Vierge Marie sous la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Juan Diego Florez — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Florez. Juan Diego Flórez …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Movement of Love Saint Juan Diego — Movimento d Amore San Juan Diego, Italian for Movement of Love Saint Juan Diego, is a non profit Catholic Movement, founded by Conchiglia in Italy on October 24, 2001 and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.The Movement is based on… …   Wikipedia

  • Mouvement D'amour Saint-Juan-Diego — Fondation 2001 Identité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mouvement d'Amour Saint Juan Diego — Fondation 2001 Identité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mouvement d'amour Saint-Juan-Diego — Fondation 2001 Identité Mouvement Catholique sans profit …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Juan Bernardino — Juan Diego Bernardino (ca. 1460 May 15 1544) was one of two Aztec peasants alleged to have had visions of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531. Life Little is known of the life of Juan Bernardino, or if he even existed. According to… …   Wikipedia

  • Juan — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Juan est un nom propre qui peut désigner : Sommaire 1 Prénom et son origine 2 Personnages rema …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.