The Conference of Mexican Bishops in plenary meeting on April 8, 1991, through Juan Jesus Cardinal Posadas Ocampo, Archbishop of Guadalajara, prayed to Mary: “Mother of the True God, and our Mother, Lady of Guadalupe we beg you that your Journey through all the Americas be realized now…We know that you want to end abortion in the world and convert millions…O Lady, help us support your mission with our prayers in order that your Missionary Image will be well received in all of the Americas…”
On May 25, 1991, Cardinal Posadas placed his blessing on the evangelical project of “carrying the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the Mission that was initiated under her protection five hundred years ago.”
Cardinal Posadas was Vice-President of CELAM, the conference of approximately 900 bishops of Latin America. The Catholics of Mexico through Monsignor Rogel, representative of the Abbot of the Basilica, then sent the Missionary Image with an open letter to the Catholic people of the United States “to help bring back the church…many millions…and to end the horrible crime of abortion.” The Abbot of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Monsignor Guillermo Schulenburg Prado, also blessed the Missionary Image and prayed for the success of her mission.
The original Missionary Images were laminated over by new Third Millennium digital images certified by Cardinal Norberto Rivera, Archbishop of Mexico. The Rector of the Basilica, Monsignor Diego Monroy Ponce, blessed Dan Lynch and these images for the mission of promoting sanctity of the family, solidarity of the Church in America, a culture of life and a civilization of love.
Certifications on the Missionary Image
The certification printed in Spanish on the bottom right hand corner of the Missionary Image reads in English as follows:
1. This image is a faithful copy of the sacred ayate of Juan Diego digitally impressed by laser rays and certified as authentic.
October of 2000
Norberto Cardinal Rivera Carrera
Archbishop Primate of Mexico
2. The two seals on the bottom left hand corner are the seals of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The seal on the bottom right hand corner is the seal of Cardinal Rivera.
A Prayer for The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Catholic People of Mexico and I pray to God that the paths of the Journey of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the United States of America, become rays of Our Lady’s love, care, protection and help for all her children, particularly the unborn.
May she end without exception the horrible evil of abortion.
May she convert millions of hearts to the Sacred Heart of her Son Jesus and His holy Church through her Immaculate Heart.
May all pro-life forces unite under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe with her title of “Protectress of the Unborn.”
I bless the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her evangelical mission that began under her protection almost 460 years ago.
I congratulate all the promoters of such a praiseworthy mission and with pleasure I commend them to the hands of Our Lord.
Lady, help us support your mission with our prayers in order that your Missionary Image may be well received in America for the glory of God and the honor of his holy Mother!
+ Juan Jesus Cardinal Posadas Ocompo
Archbishop of Guadalajara