1On May 27, 2015 following the General Audience of Pope Francis, I had the great privilege of a brief but extremely blessed encounter with our Holy Father regarding the proclamation of Mary as the Spiritual Mother of All Peoples, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate.

The Pope’s great personal love for Our Lady is simply beyond doubt. In fact, even during his General Audience allocution on “Engagement”, Pope Francis interrupted his own text by calling on the massive crowd to pray a “Hail Mary to the Madonna for all engaged couples.” A few weeks earlier, the Holy Father had revealed in an interview that he had given up watching television “as a personal vow to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” Pope Francis emphatically lives the Church’s official teachings and his own heartfelt conviction that Our Lady is Spiritual Mother of all Peoples.

In several meetings with Vatican curial officials, it was also strongly confirmed that petitions from the Christian faithful to Pope Francis for this fifth Marian Dogma matter greatly! As one Vatican official extremely close to our Holy Father explained, “The petitions are not pressure from the people, but are the faith of the people.”

Sending petitions to the Pope about potential Marian dogmas is simply Catholic precedent. Both Blessed Pius IX and Pius XII thanked the faithful for the millions of petitions that had been sent to them to encourage their respective Marian definitions of the Immaculate Conception (1854) and the Assumption (1950).

Think of it this way. Imagine that a Pope had the intention to define a Marian dogma. He could A) define it on his own; or B) define it with the support and at the service of millions of Catholic faithful around the world. Which option do you think would be more pleasing to the Pope himself?

The Church’s Canon Law explains that not only do the Christian faithful have the freedom to make known to the pastors of the Church their spiritual desires and needs (Can. 212§2), but “even at times have the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church”(Canon 212§3). A new Marian dogma, which would bring with it inestimable graces from our Spiritual Mother and Mediatrix of all graces, would certainly constitute a gravely needed “good for the Church.”

When Mary is proclaimed Spiritual Mother of All Peoples, inclusive of her roles as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, then she will intercede as humanity’s mother for peace in the world, as she promised at Fatima, Amsterdam, and other Church approved apparitions.

My friends, now is the time to petition Pope Francis with a brief but heartfelt note for the papal definition of Mary as the Spiritual Mother of All Peoples. Simply write a few lines from your heart to the Holy Father’s heart, supporting him in the proclamation of Mary as Spiritual Mother of all humanity. Put your petition in an envelope with three U.S. postage stamps and mail it to the Holy Father’s address:

Pope Francis

Vatican City

00120

If you are one of the approximately 8 million who have already sent a petition to Pope Francis, my humble recommendation would be to write him again! Children often repeat an important request of their hearts to a father or a mother, and there are no ecclesial limits to the number of petitions we can send to our Spiritual Father, Pope Francis, especially about something as historically and supernaturally important as the crowning of Our Lady with this fifth Marian Dogma, and its gravely needed fruit of world peace.

Write to Pope Francis for the fifth Marian Dogma. Pray for it daily in your mass and Rosary intentions. Offer a portion of your sufferings, united with Jesus, for this historic Marian dogma, and like never before, the Marian scripture prophecy will be fulfilled, “All generations will call me blessed (Lk. 1:48).”

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Dr. Mark Miravalle

Professor of Theology and Mariology

Franciscan University of Steubenville

May 31, 2015