Marian image in Marikina granted canonical coronation

Evelyn Macairan - The Philippine Star
Marian image in Marikina granted canonical coronation
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves after the weekly general audience on Sept. 27, 2023 at St Peter's square in The Vatican.
AFP / Filippo Monteforte

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis has granted the canonical coronation to the image of Our Lady of Fatima at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Saint Paul of the Cross located in Marikina City.

The Diocese of Antipolo, to which the parish belongs, said it received the news from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments on Feb. 14.

According to the CBCPNews, a canonical crowning is a pious institutional act in which the pope, through a bull, designates a crown or stellar halo to be added to a Marian image under a specific devotional title in a particular area or diocese.

Antipolo Bishop Ruperto Santos said the rite of canonical coronation of the image of Nuestra Señora de Fatima de Marikina would take place during the 9 a.m. mass on May 12.

Santos described the canonical coronation as an “enormous and symbolic gift” from the pope.

At present, there are six images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Diocese of Antipolo that have been granted the privilege of pontifical coronation.

The five other images are the Nuestra Señora Dela Paz y Buenviaje from the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo; Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados from the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned in Marikina; Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu from the Diocesan Shrine – Parish of Nuestra Señora de Aranzazu in San Mateo; Nuestra Señora de la Lumen from the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Light in Cainta; and the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario from Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Cardona.

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