Resolution J31-2013

Commending Saint Rosalia Regina Pacis Parish of Brooklyn, New York upon the occasion of its designation as a Papal Basilica

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending Saint Rosalia Regina Pacis Parish of
Brooklyn, New York upon the occasion of its designation as a Papal Basi-
lica

WHEREAS, Religious institutions, and  the  many  spiritual,  social  and
educational  benefits  they confer, play a vital role in the development
of the moral fabric of a responsible citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this State  and  this  Nation  to  pay
tribute  to those institutions which have contributed to the ethical and
spiritual values of their communities; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Saint  Rosa-
lia  Regina  Pacis Parish of Brooklyn, New York upon the occasion of its
designation as a Papal Basilica; and
  WHEREAS, On November 9, 2012, a Papal Decree was signed at the Vatican
formally creating the Basilica of Regina Pacis; there are only 74  Papal
Basilicas in the United States of America; and
  WHEREAS, The Church was built as a vow to the Blessed Mother for peace
in  the  world  and for the protection of the men and women of our armed
forces; this indicates why the motto name of the Basilica is "voto dica-
tum," which means "as a vow"; and
  WHEREAS, This historic milestone  completes  the  dream  of  Monsignor
Angelo  Cioffi,  the builder of the Shrine, and the many people, who, in
the late 1940s and early 1950s, generously helped to build this  beauti-
ful Church; and
  WHEREAS, Denoting the title "Basilica" to a church building emphasizes
the  special  bond  of communion with the Holy See and the person of the
Pope, in a sense becoming his Church; and
  WHEREAS, The Papal symbols include an ornate  ombrellino,  a  red  and
gold  umbrella  which  is to be used to greet the Holy Father if he ever
visits, and a gold tintinabulum, a bell which is to be rung to alert the
people of the arrival of the Pope; a large plaque showing  the  Coat  of
Arms  of  Pope  Benedict  XVI will be hung over the main entrance of the
Basilica along with the Papal symbol of the Crossed Keys and Tiara which
will be placed on the facade of the Basilica, which shall now forever be
known as The Basilica of Regina Pacis; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend Saint Rosalia Regina Pacis Parish of Brooklyn, New York upon the
occasion of its designation as a Papal Basilica; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Monsignor Ronald T. Marino.

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