His Holiness Pope Francis grants the PONTIFICAL CORONATION to the image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Broadway, Avenue, New Manila Quezon City. It was given on the 13th of May 2020, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
The pope, through the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments, issued the papal bull on July 10 but was only announced to the public this week.
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 Carmel 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.