This is one of the events of the appearance of the oldest Mary recorded in the history of Catholicism, the event took place in Mexico, which was then inhabited by the Aztecs.
In 1521 Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez managed to conquer the Aztecs by occupying his capital. Along with the occupation, the Spaniards also spread Catholicism among the Aztec Indians.
One Indian named Quauhtlatoatzin was baptized by Franciscan Pastor, then renamed Juan Diego and this person met with the Virgin Mary 4 times in December in 1531.
The series of events and the extraordinary events that accompany them are so special that placing the event as one of the most famous sightings to date.
Mary revealed herself to the poor Indian on Tepeyac, a hill northeast of the city of Cuautitlan (now Mexico), she declared herself to be “the mother of the true God”, told Juan Diego to order the bishop to build a temple.
As evidence of her appearance, Mary printed her image on time (a kind of coat made from cactus fiber) belonging to Juan Diego. The Tilma is a low-quality garment that should not last up to 20 years but miraculously it does not show signs of damage after more than 460 years later.
Studies with modern digital equipment even reveal that in the image of the eye on the fabric reflected the shadow of the person who looked at the Virgin Mary. The sighting story is explained in “Nican Mopohua” a document written in Nahuatl (Aztec language) by an educated indian named Antonio Valeriano around the middle of the 16th century. However, the original work was never found and a copy of the document was published by Luis Lasso de la Vega in 1649.
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