NEWS for Saturday, August 26, 2000
JUAN DIEGO'S HISTORICITY IS VERIFIED
MEXICO CITY, AUGUST 25 (ZENIT.org)
The Center of Guadalupe Studies has
just presented the book "The Virgin's Messenger," written by a team of
archaeologists and anthropologists, which proves the historical
existence of Blessed Juan Diego, the Indian visionary of the Virgin of
Asunción Garcia Samper, head of the team made up of members of the
National Institute of Anthropology and History, and the Center of
Guadalupe Studies, reconstructed the Blessed's family tree, going as far
back as 100 years after Christ, and including 900 relatives. Juan Diego
came from a noble Indian family; he was a grandson of Nezahualcoyotl,
and highly respected in Mexico-Tenochtitlan. In fact, according to the
research, the composition of the cape, or "tilma," on which the Virgin
imprinted her image, corresponds to that of the noble class.
Bishop Enrique Salazar, director of the Center of Guadalupe Studies,
announced that all the documentation gathered will be given to John Paul
II around October 12.
Juan Diego's cause of canonization, following his beatification by this
Pope, is already quite advanced. These new discoveries reinforce his
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