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On the desk of John Paul II there was only one image: Mary of Guadalupe, who appeared in the year 1531, in Mexico, to the Amerindian Juan Diego, to whom the Virgin Mary revealed herself and left (as proof) her image on his cloth or poncho. "I met a pretty little brown-skinned woman and I loved her much. In the afternoons I walked around in love and happy to see her. Staring at her eyes, my passion grew. Oh brown-skinned woman, my little brown-skinned woman I will not forget you. There is a great big love..." (Cited in John Paul II's last book) In his exciting report, Paul Badde narrates the fantastic history of this apparition, which has changed the history of the world and which, nevertheless, remains unknown in much of Europe. Without this enigmatic event it is impossible to explain how the inhabitants of Central and South America, in a short period of time, were incorporated into Christianity. It was Mary of Guadalupe who integrated a whole continent into a culture from the Occident.