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News – Cardinal Toppo on 5th Marian Dogma

By May 6, 2008December 9th, 2022Benedict XVI, Coredemption, News

Ave Maria!

Cardinal Toppo speaks again about the 5th Marian Dogma in an interview with Zenit News.

He advocates the dogma expressed in the title “Spiritual Mother of All Humanity.” He relates how the declaration would actually help the ecumenical dialog as opposed to harm it as many detractors claim.

Zenit writes:

The archbishop of Ranchi and former president of the episcopal conference of India is one of the five cardinal co-sponsors of the 2005 International Symposium on Marian Co-redemption, held in Fatima, who are asking Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma.

The petition urges the Pope to proclaim Mary “the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race.”

He also describes the enthusiastic response from cardinals and bishops to the earlier call by the five cardinals for asking the Pope to proclaim the dogma.

He relates how he presented the “acta” to the holy father with the four other Cardinals and how well it was received by the Pontiff, who said that he would read it. And this despite his heavy schedule:

Zenit Q: Have you spoken directly to Benedict XVI regarding the petition for the fifth Marian dogma?

Cardinal Toppo: On June 3, 2006, on the eve of Pentecost, I was privileged to have a private audience with His Holiness, during which I presented the Holy Father the “acta” of theological presentations from the 2005 Fatima symposium on Mary as the co-redemptrix. I also presented him with the Latin “votum” — or petition — for the solemn papal definition of Our Lady as the spiritual mother of all peoples, co-redemptrix, mediatrix of all graces and advocate, which already at that time was signed by a significant number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops.

During our 15-minute audience, the Holy Father received the acta and votum with keen interest. He was surprised that so many cardinals and bishops had already signed the votum. He then stated that he would read the acta of theological presentations on the co-redemptrix. In the last few months, he has received still many more petitions for this Marian dogma from the present College of Cardinals and bishops.

Where can you get a copy of the Acts to read for yourself?

Well … right here from our bookstore at, published solely by our Academy of the Immaculate.

Official Acta of the Symposium on Marian Coredemption at Fatima

Official Acts of the Marian Coredemption Symposium at Fatima ? Mary, Unique Cooperator in the Redemption
Why Mary should be dogmatically declared as Coredeemer
Authored by: Nine Cardinals of the Church and other Major Marian Theologians. Each of the nineteen presentations are printed in the language originally given by the speakers: seven in English, four in Spanish and eight in Italian. It addresses many of the ecumenical concerns raised in the past.This book is the official Acts of the Symposium on the Mystery of the Marian Coredemption held on May 3rd to the 7th, 2005. Over fifty bishops from around the world, including five cardinals, gathered in Fatima Portugal to hear theological papers concerning the doctrine of Our Lady’s role as Coredemptrix and the Universal Mediatrix of All Graces presented by their brother bishops and nine cardinals as well as other noted theologians of the Church. Each of the nineteen presentations are printed in the language originally given by the speakers: seven in English, four in Spanish and eight in Italian. Presentations in English include: The Mother Coredemptrix and the New Evangelization by Luis Cardinal Aponte Martinez, Marian Coredemption and the Contemporary Papal Magisterium by Monsignor Arthur B. Calkins, and Mariae Advocate Causa: The Marian Issue in the Church Today by Father Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I.. This book should be helpful in your endeavor to understand this important doctrine of the Church regarding Our Lady and the necessity of its proclamation as a dogma of the Faith. (590pp., perfect bound)

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  • Coletta says:

    Ave Maria!
    Dear Father,
    I noticed this was posted yesterday, 6 May 2008. Curiously,
    last night (also 6 May 2008) I felt the nudge to pray the prayer and wear the medal which I have had for years from Vox Populi from Dr. Miravali.
    On that medal the title is Mother of All Nations and the prayer is for the Declaration of the Dogma as a part of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to bring about the graces of the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus’ Sacred Heart. ( I hope that is an accurate summary- I am no theologian or rocket scientist!- as St. Maximilian was both!)
    I also am more favorable to the title being- but tell me please, is the older medal I have still correct to wear? Are there newer ones?

    God bless you all gathering in Rome as well. We are all praying for all of you through Mary.
    Spiritual Mother of all Humanity

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