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The Virgin Mary appeared to a man named Juan Diego and instructed him to go to the Bishop to tell him to build a church at this town This was a miraculous event that happened on December 9 1531 One of the things that still survives today is Juans mantle that was used to carry the flowers for prove to the Bishop that the Virgin Mary had appeared to him This incredible event is celebrated today on December the 12th It is estimated that 10 million people visit her Basilica every year making her Mexico City home the most popular Marian shrine in the world and the most visited Catholic Church in the world next to the Vatican After two years of the Aztec capital of Tenochitlan falling to Hernaacuten Corteacutes and his Conquistadors the first Roman Catholic missionaries arrived in Mexico to branch out Christianity And one of the first a men to be converted into Christianity was a 57 years old man named Juan Diego The story of the Virgin Mary appearance began on December 9 1531 when Juan was walking early on a Saturday morning to attend mass He was greeted by the Virgin Mary radiant as the sun at Tepeyac Hill which was 3 miles from the Mexico City Cathedral He heard a Heavenly music and then her voice in his own language Nahuatl spoke to him She addressed him as my son and said I am the Mother of all of you who dwell in this land She told him to go tell the Bishop that they were to build a church on this land So that she is near them to protect them and love them He went to the Bishop Zumarraga to address his vision He was a poor and a humble man so it wasnt easy for him to get to see the Highness But he persisted and finally was admitted to the Bishop The Bishop didnt
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