Pope Francis has approved the canonical coronation of the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Capas enshrined at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Church in Tarlac.
CBCP News said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments approved the petition on October 1 but was only made public by the diocese on Monday.
Father Melvin Castro, parish head pastor, said although it will be the first such coronation in the Diocese of Tarlac’s 57-year history, the devotion to the Mater Dolorosa has started as early as 1923.
In 2018, the image was honored with episcopal coronation.
Castro said the Vatican’s approval only “affirms our faithful’s devotion to the Mater Dolorosa.”
“Our Lady heard our prayer,” he said.
Castro said their parish “prayed more fervently than ever to Our Lady” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Through live streaming, the priest said that they campaigned for prayers and sacrifices and held Eucharistic and Marian motorcades on a regular basis.
“To this day, our Parish has been spared from deaths caused by the pandemic,” Castro said.
The Tarlac diocese has yet to announce the date for the canonical coronation of the Marian image.