After Monseñor Diego Monroy Ponce blessed the statue the group form Santa Fe was treated to a breakfast in the tower behind the altar of the Basilica of Guadalupe. The artist, Gogy, was present as were numerous church officials and even some Mexican congressmen. The honor is something usually reserved for church leaders and political leaders. Just days prior the Monseñor hosted U.S. Presidential candidate John McCain and Jeb Bush, brother of the U.S. president.
The Santa Fe pilgrims ascent a circular staircase in the tower of the Basilica.
Monseñor Diego Monroy Ponce, top, left, speaks with the artist Gogy and other Mexican dignitaries.
Monsignor Jerome Martinez y Alire of the St. Francis Cathedral and Father Tri from Our Lady of Guadalupe are interviewed by a Mexican television station.