Our Lady of Guadalupe authorized relics of Evangelization
On April 20, 2004, during a private special ceremony led by Monsignor Diego Monroy Ponce, Rector of Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, 220 exact size replicas of Our Lady of Guadalupe were touched to the sacred original Tilma of St. Juan Diego. Monsignor Diego declared these images as authorized relics that will extend the graces of evangelization, conversion and truth--the same graces as extended in 1531. These images will help to fulfill Pope John Paul II's prophecy in 1979 when he stated " The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be the center from which the light of the gospel of Christ will illuminate the entire world by means of the miraculous image of His mother."
From the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe on May 8, 2004, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico led the introduction of the Life and Mercy Crusade, beginning the fulfillment of this prophecy. He blessed the evangelization effort of the relics. There are 194 relics to be placed in each of the 194 countries (including the Vatican) of the world. Seven relics are being prepared for introduction into the United States.
Life and Mercy Crusade is an entity of Life Foundation Ministries which was founded to involve people in prayer to end abortion through the worldwide distribution of the images of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Marian Center for Peace has joined in the works of the Life and Mercy Crusade, and as such, has obtained a relic. On Sunday, September 12, 2004, we held the first enthronement of the relic in the world.
On September 11, 2004, the relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe entered the
diocese through the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
On September 12, the Marian Center for Peace celebrated the nativity of Our
Blessed Mother and the enthronement of the relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
in Wisconsin Rapids at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church beginning at 1:00
p.m. The afternoon celebration included 2 speakers, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy,
Eucharistic procession and the enthronement of the relic. The relic was placed
permanently in the former convent chapel of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.