Philippines Report

Bill declaring the Virgin Mary’s birthday a holiday approves by Congress

Bill declaring the Virgin Mary’s birthday a holiday approves by Congress

Congress has sought to declare the Virgin Mary’s birthday a holiday.

Voting 19-0, the Senate passed a bill declaring September 8, which marks the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, a special non-working holiday. The House has passed the same measure in December.

If signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, this would be the second Marian feast to be declared as a holiday in the predominantly Catholic Philippines, following the Feast of Immaculate Conception, which was declared as a special non-working holiday in December 2017.

Pope Pius XII declared the Virgin Mary as the principal patroness of the Philippines in an apostolic letter on September 12, 1942.

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