In this beautifully documented film, Msgr. Eduardo Chavez, postulator of the cause for canonization of St. Juan Diego, discusses the importance of the Nican Mopohua, a document that presents the original authentic history of the Miracle of Guadalupe.

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LENGTH: 1 x 52 Minutes
FORMAT: Special
RIGHTS TERRITORY: Worldwide, exclusive of Italy

December 1531, Mexico. The Virgin Mary appears to Juan Diego, a humble Indian peasant, but at first, no one believes him. On the Virgin’s request the Indian peasant wraps some Castilian roses in his cloak, or tilma. The roses had mysteriously bloomed on the barren rock at his feet. Juan Diego is given an audience with his Bishop to tell his amazing story, and when he meets the Bishop he opens his cloak to a miraculous scene: the image of the Virgin is impressed upon it. The image is extraordinarily real.

Centuries later, the results of scientific analysis are amazing. In the Virgin’s eyes the thirteen figures who witnessed the miracle are visible. The stars on her cloak are positioned exactly as they were in the skies on the day of miracle, December 12, 1531.  No painting technique known to man was used to imprint the image on Juan Diego’s tilma. The colors are vibrant and intact; the cloth itself, uncorrupted by time.

And that’s not all: an extraordinary discovery reveals the Spanish origin of the name of Guadalupe and its incredible connection with the evangelist Saint Lucas.


“This beautifully filmed documentary explores the miraculous origins of the image of the Virgin Mary on a peasant’s tilma (cloak), which is displayed today in Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Backed by dramatic re-enactments, historic documents, and animated maps, the current rector of the church describes how the Virgin appeared to a man named Juan Diego in December 1531, impressing her image upon his garment as a sign to take back to the disbelieving bishop. Assorted experts describe scientific analyses of the imprinted figure: no known type of paint can be detected on the piece, and the fabric not only seems impervious to natural decay, but has also survived exposure to acid and a bomb blast. In addition, stars appearing on the Virgin’s robe coincide with constellations as they appeared in the night sky in December 1531, while under magnification the Virgin’s eyes reveal miniscule forms believed to be historically accurate representations of people alive at the time. The film also looks at a small carved representation of the Virgin known as the Extremadura statue and explains how the culturally important Guadalupe became a major pilgrimage site. Sure to be of interest to believers, Guadalupe also touches on important aspects of Catholic and Mexican history. Recommended.” Video Librarian

Spanish Version Available

Diciembre de 1531, México. La Virgen se le aparece a un humilde indio, pero nadie le cree.

A pedido de la Virgen María el indio envuelve en su “tilma” unas rosas de Castilla, inexplicablemente florecidas sobre un desolado pedregal. Delante del obispo el indio abre el paño y descubre el milagro: Sobre él está estampada la imagen de la Virgen.

La imagen es extraordináriamente real. Los resultados de los análisis es sorprendente. En los ojos de la Virgen se hallan impresas las 13 figuras de los presentes en el momento del milagro. Las estrellas del manto reproducen la posición exacta de los astros en el día del milagro (12.12.1531). La técnica pictórica usada es desconocida. Los colores se mantienen intactos, la tela aún hoy sigue incorrupta.

Pero esto no es todo: una extraordinaria conexión revela que el nombre de Guadalupe tiene origen en realidad en la región de Estremadura, en España, y sus raíces remontan incluso al Evangelista San Luca.