Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 26 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cosmas and Damian
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Meet the patrons of the Panama World Youth Day



Larry Peterson - published on 02/27/18

St. Juan Diego was born in 1474 into the Chichimeca tribe in an area that is now Mexico City. It was on December 9, 1531, when he was 57 years old when the Blessed Mother appeared to Juan at Tepeyac Hill and asked for a shrine to be built there.

Our Lady asked him to pick the fresh flowers growing on the hill and bring them to the bishop as proof of her appearance. Even though it was winter, he managed to fill his tilma (cloak) with fresh flowers and did as he had been asked. Upon opening his tilma in front of the bishop, the flowers fell out revealing a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

With the bishop’s permission, Juan Diego lived the rest of his life in a small hut near the chapel where the miraculous image was kept for veneration. He cared for the little church until he died  in 1548.

Juan Diego was canonized a saint by Pope St. John Paul II on July 31, 2002.


World Youth Day 2019, in Panama City, Panama, has been entrusted to eight highly qualified heavenly chaperones. It is certain to be a huge success.


Read more:
List of Saints from the United States of America

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
SaintsWorld Youth Day
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
Cecilia Pigg
7 Ways the saints can help you sleep better at night
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.