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Organisations: Italian Cabinet
People: Lercaro
Locations: Rome


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Ceremony in St. Peter's

Tbells of all Rome's churches will ring without ceasing for two hours or more on Sunday afternoon when the celebrated picture of Our Lady "Salus Poplin Romani" is taken across the city from the Basilica of St. Mary Major to St. Peter's for the coronation by the Holy Father following last Saturday's proclamation of the Feast of the Queenshlp of Mary.

This forest of sound from the belfries of hundreds of churches NEAR EUSTON will ring again for a quarter of an hour at the evening Angelus. They will ring throughout the coroEvery day

nation ceremony on Monday

morning, Feast of All Saints, and again when the Holy Father appears at midday to present the newly crowned picture to the multitude in the Square—and yet again at the evening Angelus.

According to tradition the picture —"Salvation of the Roman People" —was painted by St. Luke and discovered by St. Helena in the Holy Land during her search for the True Cross. Normally it hangs in the Borghese Chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where the Holy Father celebrated his first Mass.

The Holy Father will use two crowns. One is a diadem of 12 stars made from gifts from all parts of the Catholic world.

The ceremony on Monday will begin with the celebration at 10 a.m. of two Masses, one in St. Peter's, the other at the top of the steps outside the main door of the basilica.

Medals for shrines

When the Masses have ended the Hob? Father will go in procession into St. Peter's. There, at the Papal Throne, he will receive the "obedience" of the Cardinals arid give an address. Hie Holiness will then bless commemorative medals and present them to the representatives of famous shrines of Our Lady.

The Hob( Father will now bless the two crowns. The coronation will be followed by the singing of the "Te Deum."

His Holiness will return to the Vatican through the Square, coming back to the basilica at noon to present the statue and to give his blessing "to the City and the World."

On Tuesday the Holy Father will receive in special audience all the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who will have assisted at the proclamation of the new feast.

Three hundred of the world's most famous theologians assembled in Rome on Sunday for the opening of an international congress for the study of Marian theology and devotion. Cardinal Ottaviani is presiding over the conferences.

Cardinal Lercaro, Archbishop of Bologna, members of the Italian Cabinet and Bishops from many countries will speak.

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