Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City).
On December 9, 1531, a native Mexican named Juan Diego rose before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily Mass in what is now Mexico City.
She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings." The bishop was kind but skeptical.
She said, "I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your most devoted mother . He asked Juan to bring proof of the Lady's identity.
Before Juan could go back to the Lady, he found out his uncle was dying.
Hurrying to get a priest, Juan missed his meeting with the Lady.
Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared the patroness of the Americas. Juan Diego deeply loved the Holy Eucharist, and by special permission of the Bishop he received Holy Communion three times a week, a highly unusual occurrence in those times.
Pope John Paul II praised Juan Diego for his simple faith nourished by catechesis and pictured him (who said to the Blessed Virgin Mary: "I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf") as a model of humility for all of us.
In His Footsteps: Juan walked fifteen miles to attend Mass every day.
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The Lady, however, met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured.