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Below is our featured article for this issue. In this article, we feature Our Lady of Guadalupe - an apparition that has been proven to be authentic by the most rigorous of scientific investigations. Such scientific studies have revealed numerous startling "secrets" about the apparition, in particular, about the miraculous "tilma" given by Our Lady to Juan Diego.
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Science Unravels the Secrets of Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Professor Philip Callahan
Emminent scientist, University of Florida, 1979
That beautiful cool day of 12 December 1531, Juan Diego, one of the early converts of Mexico, could not have dreamt that one day in the distant future he would be immortalized and elevated on the altar of the universal Church.
He was on the way to church that early morning when he heard again the sweet voice of the lovely Lady who materialized before his very eyes at the foot of Tepeyac Hill on the outskirts of Mexico City, a couple of days earlier.
The beautiful Lady repeated her wish to have a teocali (chapel) built where she appeared. Juan Diego told the lovely Lady that Bishop Juan Zumarraga demanded proof of the authenticity of the request. Our Lady obliged. At her instruction, Juan Diego gathered a bunch of Castilian roses which she herself arranged on his tilma (shawl). He was to give this to the bishop. Yes, Castilian roses unbelievably in bloom during winter time! Juan Diego hurriedly went to the Bishop and as he was unfurling his tilma, lo and behold!
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