After Mass on Sunday, 18 April 2010, in the Piazza of the Granary at
Floriana, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Regina
Caeli by offering a golden rose to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, revered by
the Maltese people.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When you give thanks, when you have particular prayer intentions, and
when you seek heavenly protection for your loved ones, it is your custom
to turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and our Mother.
I am aware of the particular devotion of the Maltese people to the
Mother of God, expressed with great fervour to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu and
so I am pleased to have the opportunity to pray before her image,
brought here specially from Gozo for this occasion. I am also delighted
to present a Golden Rose to her, as a sign of our shared filial
affection for the Mother of God. I ask you in particular to pray to her
under the title Queen of the Family, a title added to the Litany of
Loreto by my beloved predecessor, Pope John Paul II, himself on more
than one occasion a visitor to these shores. In offering you this
tangible memento of my own visit, I thank you for all that I have
received from you in return, especially for the warmth of your devotion
and the support of your prayers for my ministry as the Successor of
We turn now in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Queen of Heaven,
as we rejoice in the Resurrection of the One whom she bore in her womb.
Regina Cæli, lætare …