Pope Francis grants canonical coronation to ‘patroness of Sampaloc’

June 25, 2024 - 3:32 PM
The image Our Lady of Loreto enshrined at her archdiocesan shrine in Manila’s Sampaloc district. (Screenshot/Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto)

Pope Francis has granted the canonical coronation to the image of Our Lady of Loreto, patroness of Manila’s district of Sampaloc.

The approval came more than two months after Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila asked for the special crowning of the image, which is enshrined at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in Sampaloc.

The news was relayed to the shrine by the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in a letter dated May 6, but was only made public during Mass on Sunday, June 23.

Fr. Enrico Martin Adoviso, the shrine’s rector, said the image’s crowning with a “precious diadem” will be held on her feast day, December 10.

The pontifical coronation, he added, will be led by Archbishop Charles Brown, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, and Cardinal Advincula.

Just last December 1, the four centuries-old Marian statue received episcopal coronation from the Manila archbishop.

In March 2023, the Manila City government declared Our Lady of Loreto as the official “Patroness of Sampaloc” because of her long-standing cultural and religious significance to the community.