Nican Mopuhua

This is the historical document that relates the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Blessed Juan Diego, indigenous Aztec, that took place from December 9 to 12, 1531 near Mexico City.

It is originally written in the Nahuatl language lingua franca in Mesoamerica, and still in use in various regions of Mexico. Although many indigenous documents begin with the Nican Mopohua, these two initial words have remained anonymous to identify this story.

The complete title is: “Here we are told how miraculously the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, our Queen, appeared in miraculous miracles, there in Tepeyac, renowned Guadalupe.”

This account is the main source of what we know about the Message of the Blessed Virgin to Blessed Juan Diego, Mexico and the World. The oldest copy is in the New York Public Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Department.

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