Pope approves canonical coronation of Our Lady of Lourdes in QC church

Pope approves canonical coronation of Our Lady of Lourdes in QC church

By CBCP News

September 27, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has granted canonical coronation to the more than century-old image of Our Lady of Lourdes enshrined at a church in Quezon City.

The pope, through the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments, issued the papal bull on Sept. 5 but was only announced to the public this week.

The approval came nearly three months after Bishop Honesto Ongtioco requested for a canonical coronation of the 126-year-old image enthroned at the altar of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The bishop said the coronation is an affirmation of the growing devotion which has drawn people from other provinces.

“It’s more of an affirmation of the laypeople in their devotion and to acknowledge the growth of spreading of their faith leading them to Christ, asking them to imitate Mary in her virtues, humility, etc.,” Ontioco said.

A canonical coronation is a pious institutional act, wherein the pope designates a crown or stellar halo to be added to a Marian image under a specific devotional title in a particular diocese.

It is also the highest distinction the Church grants to an image.

In a statement, it was said that the image of Our Lady of Lourdes has been venerated by generations of devotees in the parish and around the Philippines.

The national shrine has yet to announce the details of the coronation.