On June 3, 2006, First Saturday of the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Eve of the solemnity of Pentecost, I was privileged to have a priva
te audience with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. My primary purpose in requesting the audience was to present to the Holy Father the Acta of theological presentations from the 2005 Fatima Symposium on Marian Coredemption, as well as the Votum, written in Latin and signed by a significant number of cardinals, archbishops, and bishops, which requests the solemn papal definition of Our Lady as the spiritual Mother of All Peoples, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces and Advocate.

During our fifteen-minute audience, the Holy Father received the Votum and the Acta with a keen interest. He was surprised that so many cardinals and bishops had signed the Votum. He then briefly examined theActa text and stated that he would read the Acta, and then subsequently pass it on to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for their examination, as is the expected protocol.

Once again, the Holy Father received both the Acta and the Votum with a particular interest, and made reference to his direct reading of the Acta before passing it on to the Holy Office.

For me, I was most happy to be able to present the Holy Father with the fruits of the Fatima symposium from the many brother cardinals and bishops who had assembled in Fatima in May, 2005 for the purpose of furthering the cause for the papal definition of the Mother of all peoples, Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix of all graces, and Advocate. Let us now commend our fervent prayers for the petition for this Marian dogma, with the confidence that Our Lord and Our Lady will do all necessary to bring this cause to its proper fulfillment, joined by our ongoing prayers and efforts.