AiAi Delas Alas is honored with the Papal Award for her faith and contributions to the Catholic Church
On November 11, Comedy Queen AI–AI delas Alas will be conferred with Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated and the comedian actress’ Birthday.
The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For the Church and the Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the “Cross of Honour.” The medal was instituted by Pope Leo XIII (July 17, 1888, “Quod Singulari”) in memory of his golden sacerdotal jubilee.
During the Year of Mercy, Bishop Antonio Tobias petitioned the Holy See to bestow upon AiAi Delas Alas the Papal Honor, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, “In recognition of her effective and distinguished service to the Church its Bishops.” By the act of decree and medal, “The Holy See has recognized her extraordinary service to the Church and her generosity of mind and heart in sharing her many gifts and talents to build up the local Church.” Also, the conferral of this Honor is a beautiful and meaningful way in which the Bishop can thank members of his diocesan family for their witness to Christ in the practice of their faith.
“With great joy in my heart, it is my pleasure to notify you, MARTINA EILEEN HERNANDEZ DELAS ALAS, that Holy Mother Church through His Holiness Pope Francis, has awarded you the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin for For Church and Pope) medal.
“Be it known that this is considered as the highest medal awarded to the laity by the Pope.
“Indeed, we have every reason to offer our praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for we have been given this recognition even if we are humbled on account our many limitations.”
The current version of the medal is awarded in gold. The obverse depicts the Apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. On the left arm of the cross is the inscription Pro Ecclesia (For Church), on the right arm of the cross is Et Pontifice (And Pope). At the point of the bottom arm of the cross is the coat of arms of the reigning Pope. At the points of the other arms are small Greek crosses.
AiAi remarked, “Hindi ko alam kung anong mararamdaman ko kasi sa dami ng nilalang sa mundo, bakit ako? Worthy ba ako? Pero siyempre, susunod lang ako. Kung ano ‘yung plano ni Lord for me. Doon tayo,” said the comedian actress.
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