Feast day: December 12
Patroness of the Aborted
On December 12, 1531, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian named Juan Diego and requested that a shrine be built and dedicated to her on the Hill of Tepeyac. Some nine million Aztecs were converted to Christianity by the power of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At that time, the Aztecs were practicing human sacrifice. As a result of the image’s presence among the people, their hearts were converted to the true God and the practice of human sacrifice was abolished.