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Sto. Niño Parish In Tacloban To Be Elevated To Archdiocesan Shrine

The special celebration will be on November 1, 10AM.

In a special celebration this coming November, the Santo Niño Parish Church in the City of Tacloban in Leyte will officially become an archdiocesan shrine. “As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Christianity here in the Philippines, the Sto. Niño de Tacloban Parish, by the Grace of the Holy Spirit, will be established Canonically as an Archdiocesan Shrine,” they said in a Facebook post.

The parish also announced that the canonical establishment of the church will be on November 1 at 10AM. Archbishop John Du of Palo, Leyte will be present at the rites and the succeeding Blessing of the Gallery of Saints. (Read: A Prayer to Celebrate the Feast of Sto. Niño)

Its elevation of status comes after the archbishop approved the petition. “The bishop has already given his positive response and we are just waiting for the issuance of the decree,” said Fr. Kelvin Apurillo, Santo Niño Parish Church parish priest.

Miraculous and revered

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Photo from Sto. Niño de Tacloban Facebook

Ahead of the much awaited celebration next month, the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban will visit various parishes in the diocese. On October 20, the image visited Palo and Carigara, on the 21st, Abuyog and Burauen, and on Friday, October 22, it is set to be brought to Palompon and Ormoc City.

The revered image of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban is of historical importance as it is said to have encountered various challenges en route to Manila for restoration. The story goes like this: it was supposed to be brought to Manila for restoration via a ship, however, the ship caught on fire in the waters of Siminara, Romblon, and Tacloban. At the same time, a barangay in Basey, Samar faced a cholera epidemic. (Read: Sinulog Staples: 4 Dishes to Honor the Santo Niño)

The epidemic infected many and claimed lives–but when the image of Sto. Niño de Tacloban was returned on June 30, the cholera epidemic stopped. Because of this, Tacloban now celebrates the Holy Child of Jesus’s feast day every June 30.

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