The sacred Mary Mediatrix Icon was very greatly honored in a historic private audience with Blessed Pope John Paul II in his personal office and private library in the Vatican.
The day after the May 13, 1999 Masses in the Basilicas with the Icon on the altars, Pope John Paul II blessed the Original Icon twice, in the Private Audience in his personal office and private library because his personal photographer photographed Holy Fathers’ hand too low on the first blessing, and Holy Father wanted everyone to see a perfect photo of his Apostolic Blessing he gave to Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Icon. After Holy Father’s discussion about this Sacred Icon, he pointed out details in the Icon. Pope John Paul II then personally invited the Icon’s caretaker to bring The Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Icon to his Private Chapel. His Holiness then said “you may place the Icon next to the Altar” – for prayers before Our Lady as Mediatrix of All Graces, and for his Holiness’ Papal Mass concelebrated with 26 Archbishops and Bishops.
This historic Private Audience with Pope John Paul II was reported to the Editor and Editor-in-Chief of L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO: The Official Newspaper of The Vatican and The Roman Catholic Church. Both Editors received official photographs taken by Holy Father’s personal photographer of the Private Audience and information about Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces Icon. The Editor of L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO met with the Icon’s Caretaker and advised him that they were planning to put a photo of Pope John Paul II blessing the Original Icon in the Vatican, and include a brief story about the Icon in The Private Audience in their weekly International Edition of the official newspaper of the Vatican for worldwide distribution.
Three days after the Private Audience with Pope John Paul II, the priest-Directors of “RADIO VATICANO” The Official Radio Station and Official Voice of The Catholic Church of The Vatican met with the Icon’s caretaker and asked him to do a special radio broadcast about Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces® Icon. “RADIO VATICANO” broadcast a taped talk about the sacred Mary Mediatrix of All Graces Icon Internationally to many countries.
Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces® Original Icon was individually blessed and then individually endorsed by nearly 1,000 Bishops, Archbishops, Priests, Monsignors, Monks, and Cardinals from 70 countries! They each signed their names and the countries they are from, in indelible ink, on the back of the original Icon.
Each, individually, signed their name, their title, their diocese or their parish, and their country in indelible ink on the back of the 24 by 36 inch Original, Sacred Icon – with Crosses before the signatures of the hundreds of Bishops and Archbishops.
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