Our Lady of Fatima image in EDSA Revolt Granted ‘Canonical Crown’

A pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima was formally honored with pontifical coronation on February 25, the 38th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.

The CBCP News reported that devotees, along with several bishops, filled the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela city, to witness the image’s historic event.

A canonical coronation is a pious act of the pope which bestows the pontifical right  to crown a Marian image, as a symbol of the image’s special significance to the universal Church.

The Marian image with a specific title must meet at least three conditions before being granted with this Vatican recognition: antiquity, recognized and acclaimed by the faithful, and served as beacon of faith and hope in times of need.

A mass was celebrated by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, who praised the Filipinos’ devotion to the Blessed Mother.

Archbishop Brown said, “Truly the Filipinos are Pueblo Amante de Maria, a people that loves Mary. We see that here in Valenzuela.”

Malolos Bishop Dennis Villarojo emphasized on his homily that the coronation was Pope Francis’ recognition of the image’s significance to the life and faith of the people who venerate it.

“Some images are venerated because miracles are attributed to them. But we don’t attribute a miracle to this image. Instead, this national pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima is a witness to a miracle,” Villarojo said.

“What miracle? We need to be reminded, lest we forget from February 22 to 25, 1986, our people rose to reclaim their freedom and dignity without the use of violence and shedding of blood.”

“During those days, Our Lady was present through this image not as a standard of battle, but as a symbol of peace; not as talisman for good fortune, but as a plea for justice,” he added.

He stressed that the EDSA was a fulfillment of Mary’s promise of peace after the Filipinos “prayed, made reparations and consecrated their hearts (to Mary)”.

The bishop pointed out that the EDSA revolution was “a particular instance of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” instead of a victory of one party and the defeat of another.

Archbishop Villarojo said, “Our Lady at Fatima gave us the formula for peace: prayer, penance, consecration and reparation.”.

“Prayer because it is our God who guides our feet into the way of peace. Penance because sin is the hindrance to peace. Consecration because our hearts need to be renewed. And reparation because justice is attained by repairing, not by dismantling or demolishing.”

Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila was also among those present and had led the congregation in praying the “Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” (Louise Nazir Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)


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