In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego and asked him to have a church built at the site of the apparition. Seeking proof, Juan Diego's bishop asked him for a sign. Mary told Juan Diego to gather flowers in his tilma (a Mexican garment) and take them to the bishop. When Juan Diego poured out the flowers, the bishop saw on his tilma the miraculous image of Mary. Today, the image is on display in Mexico City for all to see.