Filipino Catholics get the chance to venerate the icon of Mother of Perpetual Help for one year
July 1, 2015 9:15 am
MANILA, June 30 — For one year, Filipino Catholics, especially Marian devotees, will have the chance to avail of a plenary indulgence granted by Pope Francis to those who venerate the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at her shrine in Baclaran, Paranaque City or any other churches under the Redemptorists.
In an article posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website, the Holy Father offered this opportunity to all Catholics who want the temporal punishment due to their sins remitted in keeping with the celebration of 150 years since Pope Pius IX placed the much-beloved picture in the care of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (C.Ss.R.).
The indulgence is available to all who make a pilgrimage, between the 27th June 2015 and 27th June 2016, to the Church of St. Alphonsus [Maria de Liguori] in Rome or in any Redemptorist church anywhere in the world to venerate the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, said the article, quoting the Redemptorist International website.
To receive the plenary indulgence, pilgrims have to meet the following conditions:
The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation,Eucharistic communion, Prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, and the visit should conclude with the recitation of the Our Father, the Creed and prayers to Our Blessed Mother.
The Code of Canon Law (Can. 992) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471) define an indulgence as a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.
In his homily, Parañaque Bishop Jesse E. Mercado hailed the Blessed Virgin using her title, the Mother of Perpetual Help, for continuing to intercede before Christ on behalf of her little ones on earth.
The Catholic prelate said that the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, dubbed the Icon of Love has become a source of strength and inspiration to faithful Filipinos who constantly seek her maternal comfort and protection.
The devotion to her was introduced in the Philippines sometime in 1948 by Fr. Leo English, C.Ss.R. (PNA)