Homily of the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles J Brown
On the Occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the EDSA Revolution
Holy Mass Live from the EDSA Shrine
24 February 2021
Transcription: Gel Katalbas
Photos: Juni Amora Alexander
My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, as I said at the beginning of the mass today, it’s a tremendous joy for me to be with you in this historic shrine to our Lady, the shrine dedicated to Mary, Queen of Peace.
Our Lady, Regina Pacis, Queen of Peace
Today, we think about Mary, Queen of Peace.
Mary, Queen and Mother of Peace.
Her title as Queen of Peace (Regina Pacis) was added to the Litany of Mary. All of us pray the Litany of Loreto, all these beautiful phrases, beautiful appellations, beautiful names for Mary.
The name Mary, Queen of Peace (Regina Pacis) was added by Pope Benedict XV in 1915. It was added temporarily in 1915. Why? Because Europe convulsed with a terrible struggle, a terrible war which had caused the deaths of countless young men and women all over the continent of Europe. And in 1915, in a provisional, temporary way, Pope Benedict the XV added this title to the Litany of Loreto.
And then in 1917, he confirmed the title to be perpetually said — Our Lady, Regina Pacis, Queen of Peace.
And then, as we know, that war subsided. So we can really believe that Mary interceded at that moment in history, in 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 to bring a terrible blood-letting, a terrible violence to an end.