In the year 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St Juan Diego, a humble peasant living near Mexico City. As proof that the vision was genuine, Our Lady caused out-of-seasons roses to bloom, which St Juan gathered in his native cloak, or tilma. When he unfolded his tilma to show the roses, the local bishop was amazed to see that an image of the Virgin Mary was imprinted on the fabric. This miraculous image has remained intact for almost 500 years, and is still preserved in the Basilica of Mexico City. The image has also become associated with the pro-life movement with prayers offered to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the protection of the unborn.
An official representative of the shrine, Ana Elena Olascoaga Camacho, will be visiting St Philip Evans parish in Cardiff on Thursday 7 November 2013. She has a profound knowledge of these apparitions of Our Lady. All are welcome.
The talk begins at 7.30 p.m. in the Hall (behind the church) at St Philip Evans, Llanederyn Drive, Llanederyn, Cardiff CF23 9UL.