St. Juan Diego

St. Juan Diego Cuāuhtlahtoātzin was an average Aztec man until he saw the Apparition of Mary that changed two continents forever. Not much is known about his life before the vision. He was married, but his wife died. He may or may not have had a son with her. He was very devout and especially fond of the Blessed Virgin even before he saw the famous vision of her, and the Apparition itself, and especially Her miraculous image on his tilma led to the rapid conversion of a huge number of indigenous people in Central America.


Lifetime: 1474 to 1578
Region: Modern Mexico
Patronages: Indigenous people of the Americas
Iconograpy: Roses; Tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Feast Day: December 9


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