Feast of San Juan Diego

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO

The Ro­man Catholic Church com­mem­o­rates to­day the feast day of San Juan Diego, the first indige­nous Amer­i­can saint, to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Pa­troness of the Philip­pines, ap­peared in 1531 in Mex­ico.

Com­mem­o­ra­tive masses will be cel­e­brated to­day at the Chapel of San Juan Diego in South Cembo, Makati City, in solemn ob­ser­vance of his feast day.

Fes­tiv­i­ties will also be ob­served in Si­lay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal in honor of its pa­tron.

Ven­er­ated as the pro­tec­tor and ad­vo­cate of the indige­nous peo­ples, San Juan is con­sid­ered as Our Lady’s mes­sen­ger “to bring the Gospel to the Amer­i­cas.”

Ac­cord­ing to sto­ries, Our Lady of Guadalupe ap­peared to him for the first time on Dec. 9, 1531 on Teppeyac Hill (now Mex­ico City) in Mex­ico and re­quested that a church be built on the spot of her ap­pari­tion. On Dec. 12, 1531, her im­age mirac­u­lously ap­peared on St. Juan’s tilma (wo­ven cloth), that con­vinced the bishop of the au­then­tic­ity of the ap­pari­tions.

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