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Saint Juan Diego

Also known as Juan Diego Cuautlatoatzin ,Cuauhtlatoatzin

Memorial 9 December

Profile Born an impoverished free man in a strongly class-conscious society. Farm worker, field labourer, and mat maker. Married layman with no children. A mystical and religious man even as a pagan, he became an adult convert to Christianity around age 50, taking the name Juan Diego. Widower in 1529. Visionary to whom the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on 9 December 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. On 20 December 2001 a second miracle attributed to Juan Diego's intervention was decreed by the Congregation and approved by Pope John Paul II.

Born 1474 Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan (about 15 miles north of modern Mexico City, Mexico) as Cuauhtlatoatzin

Died 30 May 1548 of natural causes

Beatified 9 April 1990 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican City; confirmed and ceremony held on 6 May 1990 at Mexico City, Mexico

Canonized 31 July 2002 at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico by Pope John Paul II

Name Meaning eagle that talks (Cuauhtlatoatzin)

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