Among the many titles under which Catholics invoke Mary, Pope Francis has asked them to add “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Hope” and “Comfort of Migrants.”
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into the “Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” more commonly known as the “Litany of Loreto.”
The litany, which begins by invoking God’s mercy, then turns to Mary, asking for her prayers.
The Litany of Loreto traces its origins back to the 16th century and already had close to 50 titles for Mary with verses like “Holy Mother of God, pray for us” and “Queen of All Saints, pray for us.”
Cardinal Sarah’s letter, released on 20th June by the Vatican, said, “The Church, which walks along the pathways of history as a pilgrim toward the heavenly Jerusalem and enjoys inseparable communion with Christ her spouse and saviour,” entrusts itself to the intercession of Mary, “who believed in the word of the Lord.”
Picture: A file photo shows a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe as it is unloaded from a truck after a procession to the US-Mexico border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, where Mass was celebrated. Pope Francis has asked Catholics to add “Comfort of Migrants” and two other titles for Mary to the popular “Litany of Loreto.” (CNS photo/David Maung).