Mary on the cross
In one of his first acts as “pontiff,” Pope Francis visited Saint Mary Major basilica and “prayed to the Virgin, for the safekeeping of all of Rome” (“New Pope Francis Visits St. Mary Major,” Vatican Information Service, March 14, 2013). At the basilica, the pope “left the Virgin a bouquet of flowers” and prayed to her for about 10 minutes. St. Mary’s is one of four “patriarchal basilicas,” meaning they are directly associated with the pope and have papal altars, and nowhere is the deep apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church more evident.
Built in about AD 350 it was restored by Pope Sixtus III to commemorate the declaration of Mary’s Divine Motherhood by the Council of Ephesus in 432. The mosaic in the apse depicts Mary sitting on the right hand of Jesus on His throne and being crowned by Him as Queen of Heaven. Another prominent statue of Mary is titled “Mary Queen of Peace.” Outside of the basilica, MARY IS EVEN HANGING ON THE CROSS WITH JESUS!
A large crucifix has Jesus hanging on one side and a crowned Mary holding a baby on the other. These images depict Rome’s dogma that Mary is co-redemptress with Christ and that she intercedes for men and aids in their salvation. Note the following quotation from the Second Vatican Council: “Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but BY HER MANIFOLD INTERCESSION CONTINUES TO BRING US THE GIFTS OF ETERNAL SALVATION. ...
Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of ADVOCATE, HELPER, BENEFACTRESS, and MEDIATRIX” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, chap. 8, II, 62, pp. 382-383). For photos of Mary on God’s throne, Mary the Queen of Peace, and Mary hanging on the cross see the following: www.wayoflife.org/maryolatry/index.html
(Friday Church News Notes, March 22, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)