A good friend has sent word that an authorised copy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe may soon be visiting throughout England and Wales.
Here's what he said:
"Please pray that the Bishops of England and Wales will grant permission for an
authorized relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to enter their diocese, for the prayers
and devotion of the faithful.
With the approval of Archbishop Nichols, the relic image was exhibited in Westminster
cathedral hall for a day of devotions, on 13th March 2010. It was then taken to three
other London parishes, including the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden.
The digitally reproduced image with official seals imprinted upon it is a full scale replica
of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, touched against and consecrated
by the original Tilma image of St. Juan Diego, the visionary to whom Our Lady
appeared in 1531. It is one of only 220 such images that were commissioned by
Cardinal Rivera Carrera of Mexico in 2004, and entrusted to the apostolate Life and
Mercy Crusade in Mexico for distribution to every country which welcomes them. The
purpose of the specially consecrated images is to help fulfil the exhortation of the
Venerable Pope John Paul II when he proclaimed in 1979:
"The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the centre from which the light of the Gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by means of the miraculous image of His
These images have been declared as authorized relics that will extend the graces of
evangelization, conversion and truth to those nations which receive them; the same
graces as extended in 1531."
Considering the many fronts on which the Catholic faithful are battling right now, a chance to come before this relic image of Our Lady and invoke her powerful intercession, would be wonderful.
Say a prayer that your Bishop will welcome and promote Our Lady of Guadalupe in his diocese.
Thanks to Bishop Hollis of Portsmouth, who I believe has already given the necessary permission.