By Christina Hermoso
Pope Francis has approved the canonical coronation of the well venerated image of Our Lady of Lourdes enshrined at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on Kanlaon Street in Quezon City.
The Pontiff issued the Papal Bull on September 5 through the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments.
The approval came almost three months after Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco requested for the canonical coronation of the 126-year-old Marian image.
“The canonical coronation is an affirmation of the widespread devotion to Our Lady which has drawn devotees from around the country. It is an acknowledgement of the faith that leads devotees to Christ as the faithful imitate Mary’s virtues and example,” Ongtioco said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post.
A canonical coronation is a pious institutional act and the highest distinction the Church grants to an image, 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. The
Philippines now has more than 40 canonically crowned Marian images.
The image of Our Lady of Lourdes has been venerated by generations of Filipino devotees around the country. The shrine has yet to announce the date of the coronation.