The Archdiocese of Manila has announced that it will declare the Manila Cathedral, Quiapo Church, and eight other parishes as pilgrim churches in celebration of the 500-year anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines.
As pilgrim churches, the said parishes will represent the rich history of Catholicism in the country. Specifically, these facilities will serve as “centers of prayer, forgiveness, and charitable works” for the faithful during the year-long celebration of the quincentenary anniversary of Philippine Christianity.
As of writing, the request for the granting of indulgences in these churches is yet to be approved by the Apostolic Penitentiary. (Read: Pope Francis Grants Two-Year Indulgence to Calamba Parish in Laguna)
According to the Archdiocese of Manila, the parishes that will be declared as pilgrim churches are the Manila Cathedral, Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church, Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia, Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo, and San Pablo Apostol Parish — all five of which are located in Manila.
For Makati City, two parishes will be used as pilgrim churches. These are the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. (WATCH: Fr. Antonio Molavin on Living a Good Life Serving the Lord)
Meanwhile, the Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish in Pasay City, San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City, and St. John the Baptist Parish in San Juan City will also be declared as pilgrim churches.
Blessing and Honor
Father Reginald Malicdem, rector of the Manila Cathedral, has expressed his gratitude for the recognition given to the parish. (Read: Manila Cathedral Joins Petition to Save San Sebastian Basilica)
“Manila is the first diocese in the Philippines and the Manila Cathedral is the first cathedral in the country. That is why Pope Francis called the Manila Cathedral as the mother church of the Philippines,” he said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Monsignor Hernando Coronel of Quiapo Church said that he and his parishioners are honored to be part of this year’s pilgrim churches for the jubilee year celebrations. (Read: Quiapo Church Rolls Out Mobile App as Pandemic Continues)
“It is an honor for our community,” he said. “Our Lord Jesus always accompanies us in our trials and hardships in life, including the present pandemic. The Nazarene shows His caring love to Filipinos and we respond in faith and devotion.”