Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 22 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Maurice and the Theban Legion
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Filipino statue ‘Mother of Novaliches’ receives papal crown


Ralffralff | CC BY-SA 4.0

Philip Kosloski - published on 06/12/21

The statue joins dozens of others in the Philippines that have received an official papal coronation.

Popes throughout the centuries have a custom of crowning particular statues or images of the Virgin Mary.

According to the Catholic News Agency, “A canonical coronation is a pious institutional act, wherein the pope, through a bull [an official papal document], designates a crown or stellar halo to be added to a Marian image under a specific devotional title in a particular area or diocese.”

The crowning of an image is a way for the pope to affirm the devotion of the local people, who have proven over time to be devoted to God, through the intercession of Mary under a particular title.

Recently Pope Francis has granted canonical coronation to the image of Our Lady of Mercy, the “Mother of Novaliches” in the Philippines.

A local news source quotes the Bishop Roberto Gaa on the significance of this particular image.

Bishop Gaa said that 165 years ago, the shrine was the only parish in Novaliches.

“And from her sprung so many offsprings and rightly so, she is Ina,” according to the bishop. “She is a mother. The mother of many parishes and the Mother of Novaliches.”

It is further written that, “the original image [of Our Lady was] brought by the Augustinians in 1856.”

Furthermore, it has recently become a large pilgrimage site with many coming to the shrine to pray to God, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary.

This statue joins over 40 other such statues in the Philippines that have received papal coronation.

12 Marian images crowned by the pope

Religious StatuesVirgin Mary
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Domitille Farret d'Astiès
Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspi...
Esteban Pittaro
Argentine “Mother Teresa” was a former model and actress who embr...
Philip Kosloski
Your body is not a “shell” for your spirit
Our Lady of La Salette
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady of La Salette can give us hope in darkness
Philip Kosloski
Pray this Psalm when you successfully recover from an illness
Philip Kosloski
An alternative Hail Mary to Our Lady of Sorrows
Cerith Gardiner
12 Habits of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati that every young adult...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.