Reflected in Mary’s eyes are 13 tiny figures, including Bishop Zumarraga and St. Juan Diego.

This is true. The 13 total figures form two scenes in both eyes. { Read More }

The image of Bishop Zumarraga in Mary’s eyes was digitally enlarged, revealing that in his eyes is the image of St. Juan Diego opening his tilma.

This is false. { Read More }

Spanish missionaries wanted to remove the name Guadalupe from the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This is true. { Read More }

The Image portrays scenes from the book of Revelation.

This is true. { Read More }

The tilma maintains a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

This claim has never been proven. { Read More }

The tilma on which the Image is imprinted is made of maguey fiber.

This is false. The tilma (an indigenous cape worn at the time of the apparition) is made of agave popotule fiber from the ixtle plant.
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The colors cannot be seen on the Image from a distance of 10 centimeters away.

This is false. { Read More }

A laser detected that the Image’s colors are not on the front or back of the tilma but rather float less than a millimeter above the cloth.

This is false. No such experiment has ever taken place. { Read More }

A doctor placed a stethoscope under the ribbon that Mary wears and heard a heartbeat.

This is false. There have been no such tests regarding a heartbeat in Mary’s abdomen. { Read More }

Studies have not succeeded in discovering the origin of the coloration of the Image.

This is true. The origin of the coloration and “the way the fabric was painted” has not been discovered. { Read More }

A replica of the Image was once painted on similar maguey fiber cloth, and it disintegrated after a few decades.

Basically, this is true, although with a few inaccuracies. { Read More }

In the 1700s, acid was accidentally spilled on the cloth and the damage was miraculously reconstructed within 30 days.

This is half true. In 1795, nitric acid was accidentally spilled on the left side of the Image. { Read More }

Scientists have discovered that Mary’s eyes possess the three effects of image refraction in a living eye.

This is true. { Read More }

Guadalupe in the native language means “crush the head of the serpent.”

This is false. Guadalupe is a word of Arab origin. { Read More }

A bomb once exploded at the foot of the tilma but failed to harm it.

This is true. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1921, a bomb was detonated in the Basilica of Guadalupe. { Read More }

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