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The later sub-period can be summarily disposed of, for it is almost entirely accounted for by the delay between Zumárraga's death on June 3, 1548, and the arrival in Mexico of his successor, Archbishop [[Alonso de Montúfar]], on June 23, 1554.<ref>[http://www.franciscanos.org/enciclopedia/jzumaraga.html ''Enciclopedia Franciscana'']</ref><ref>{{harvp|Poole|1995|p=58}}</ref> During this interval there was lacking not only a bishop in Mexico City (the only local source of authority over the cult of the Virgin Mary and over the cult of the saints), but also an officially approved resident at the ermita – Juan Diego having died in the same month as Zumárraga, and no resident priest having been appointed until the time of Montúfar. In the circumstances, it is not surprising that a cult at Tepeyac (whatever its nature) should have fallen into abeyance. Nor is it a matter for surprise that a cult failed to spring up around Juan Diego's tomb at this time. The tomb of the saintly fray Martín de Valencia (the leader of the twelve pioneering Franciscan priests who had arrived in New Spain in 1524) was opened for veneration many times for more than thirty years after his death in 1534 until it was found, on the last occasion, to be empty. But, dead or alive, fray Martín had failed to acquire a reputation as a miracle-worker.<ref>Torquemada (no reference) cited by {{harvp|Brading|2001|p=45}}; and see [http://www.franciscanos.org/enciclopedia/mvalencia.html ''Enciclopedia Franciscana''].</ref>