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An international Marian organization, along with more than 100 bishops, priests, religious and theologians from over 20 countries, are asking Pope Francis to publicly acknowledge Mary as co-redemptrix with Our Lord.
Toward that end, the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association published a 10-page paper on January 1 titled "The Role of Mary in Redemption."
According to its press release issued December 30, "This document respectfully requests that Pope Francis publicly acknowledge and honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as the 'Co-redemptrix with Jesus the Redeemer' during the 2017 centenary anniversary of the Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal."
This request may be seen as part of a wider movement for the Church eventually to proclaim the Fifth Marian Dogma — that Mary is Mediatrix of All Grace. There was debate over the matter during the Second Vatican Council, which ultimately decided not to include Mary under this title in its documets.
The 33-member commission offered a summary of the major points of its document:
The document concludes humbly requesting that Pope Francis, "in continuity with the papal precedents of Pope Pius XI and Pope St. John Paul II," would publicly recognize the role of Our Lady as co-redemptrix.
We believe that a public acknowledgement of Mary's true and continuous role with Jesus in the saving work of Redemption would justly celebrate the role of humanity in God's saving plan and lead to the release of historic graces through an even more powerful exercise of Our Lady’s maternal roles of intercession for the Church and for all humanity today.