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Pope Francis Declares Oldest Church in QC as Minor Basilica

Now, there are two minor basilicas in the city of stars!

Pope Francis has declared the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish, the oldest church in Quezon City, as a Minor Basilica. The parish is now the 17th church in the country to be declared so.

The Diocese of Cubao welcomed the happy news, as the declaration comes with special ecclesiastical privileges. Moreover, a “Minor Basilica” status is only given to churches of antiquity, historical value, architectural worth, and significance. (Read: Pope Francis Names Six Filipino Priests As ‘Missionaries of Mercy’)

Being a Minor Basilica symbolizes a very particular bond between the basilica and the pope. Papal symbols that signify this relationship will also be installed and blessed at a Mass in the church to solemnize the designation of the shrine as a basilica. (Read: The Hidden Meaning Behind the Pope’s Accessories)

Extraordinary Blessing

In a Facebook post, the Santuario de San Pedro Bautista thanked God for the “extraordinary blessing” they received. (Read: Vatican Applauds ‘Diocese of Maasin’ for Renewable Energy Efforts)

His Holiness, Pope Francis has declared our Parish Church as a MINOR BASILICA, the seventeenth in our country and the…

Posted by Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish on Thursday, July 9, 2020

“Let us say a prayer of thanksgiving to Almighty God for this extraordinary blessing to our parish community! Deo gratias,” read the post.

Two Minor Basilicas

(Left) The Holy Cave of St. Pedro Bautista underneath the location of the original altar. (Photo from Mikelaagan / Wikiwand) ;(Right) Mural of St. Peter Baptist and the original church below him, the window of the original façade to the right of the mural. (Photo from Ramon FVelasquez / Wikiwand)

Almost two years ago, the Vatican also approved the Cubao Diocese’s application for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine to be granted the title of a Minor Basilica. (Read: The 10 Oldest Churches In The Philippines)

The Santuario de San Pedro Bautista is one of the oldest churches in the country, which dates back to 1590. The location of the church is the same area where the parish’ patron saint, San Pedro Bautista, stayed when he was in the Philippines. 

St. Pedro Bautista is a Franciscan missionary and a known theologian, served in the country for 10 years before he was sent to Japan where he was martyred.

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