Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, reminded Catholic parents of their task, that is, to share the faith to their children.
At a Mass for the pontifical coronation of the image of Our Lady of the Assumption at the Maasin Cathedral on Saturday, August 13, the papal nuncio said parents are the most important people in their children’s lives to teach them about God.
Reflecting on the day’s readings, the archbishop said that the Blessed Virgin Mary wants Catholics to be people who bring faith to others.
This means bringing the faith within families, as he stressed the important role parents play in the formation of children.
“There’s no person who is more important for transmitting faith than Catholic parents,” said Archbishop Brown in his homily.
While priests and bishops have a great task in evangelization, he stressed that “the most important person in bringing the faith to a young person is his or her mother and father.”
After his homily, the nuncio canonically crowned the image of the patroness of the Diocese of Maasin. He was assisted by Bishop Prescioso Cantillas who officiated the liturgy.
On Aug. 15, 2018, the image received episcopal coronation in a rite led by then archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments approved the diocese’s petition for the image’s canonical coronation in a decree dated on Dec. 14, 2021.
Archbishop Brown said the pontifical crowning is the “highest form of coronation” that the Catholic Church bestows to a Marian image. – Fleriz Zacarias/CBCP News