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“Am I Not Your Mother?”

St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

By: Ann Ball

“Am I Not Your Mother?”: St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe by Ann Ball

Thousands of cheers—and a few jeers—greeted the news that Juan Diego, the humble visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002. As with many canonizations, there were challenges. In this case, the challenge involved both the person and the miraculous image connected with his story.

Pope Pius XII declared Our Lady of Guadalupe patroness of all the Americas in 1945. The celebration of her day, December 12, was raised to...

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