Within six years of this apparition, six million Aztecs had converted to Catholicism.

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It's believed that the word Guadalupe was actually a Spanish mis-translation of the local Aztec dialect.

The word that Mary probably used was Coatlallope which means "one who treads on snakes"!

But you are the one I have chosen." She then told him to return the next day to the bishop and repeat the request. There is no reason for you to engage a priest, for his health is restored at this moment. Go to the top of the hill and cut the flowers that are growing there.

On Sunday, after again waiting for hours, Juan met with the bishop who, on re-hearing his story, asked him to ask the Lady to provide a sign as a proof of who she was. Only peace, my little son." Unfortunately, Juan was not able to return to the hill the next day. Bring them then to me." While it was freezing on the hillside, Juan obeyed Mary's instructions and went to the top of the hill where he found a full bloom of Castilian roses.

His uncle told him he had met a young woman, surrounded by a soft light, who told him that she had just sent his nephew to Tenochtitlan with a picture of herself.

She told his uncle: "Call me and call my image Santa Maria de Guadalupe".

The image is inexplicable in its longevity and method of production.

It can be seen today in a large cathedral built to house up to ten thousand worshipers.

Many commented on her post encouraging words as did I.