Filipinos venerate Our Lady of Guadalupe as a patroness of the Philippines. Yet most do not know that she spoke the above-quoted words to the Mexican peasant Juan Diego in the first of her four apparitions to him on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City in 1531. That apparition asking Juan Diego to tell his bishop Mary’s wish for a church to be built on the mount is one of ten major Marian encounters in modern times approved by the Vatican, among hundreds of claimed sightings throughout the centuries, and dozens validated by local bishops.
In modern times, the Vatican has approved ten apparitions: one in Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe (1531); five in France: Our Lady of Laus (1664-1718); Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Rue du Bac (1830); Our Lady of La Salette (1846); Our Lady of Lourdes (1858), and Our Lady of Pontmain (1871); one in Portugal: Our Lady of Fatima (1917); one in Ireland: Our Lady of Knock; and two in Belgium: Our Lady of Beauraing (1932-33), and Our Lady of Banneux (1933).
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