Regarding “Guadalupe celebrations show vibrant faith,” Jan. 3, Page 1:

While I enjoyed the article, I have some problems with its historicity.

There was no bishop of Mexico in 1531, the date of the supposed apparition to Juan Diego. Archbishop Zumárraga never claimed the miraculous vision had occurred, the popular story notwithstanding.

He wrote extensively and warned his readers to beware of miracles claimed after the time of Jesus. He makes no mention of a tilma or Juan Diego.

Not generally reported by the clerical authors, a 1556 inquiry conducted by Spanish and church authorities was originally concealed. It was later found and is very significant historically.

A good source on the web is: “Historiography of the Apparition of Guadalupe,” by Daniel J. Castellano (2009-2010).

Lester Alberque

Tigard