Archdiocese of Manila to declare pilgrim Churches for 500 Years of Christianity

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati is one of the pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese of Manila for the Jubilee Year | Photo by CV Balido/SOCOM – National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

In celebration of the 500 years of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, the Archdiocese of Manila has designated ten churches in the archdiocese that will be declared as pilgrim churches.

In a press release sent by the Archdiocese of Manila, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) “has requested the Apostolic Penitentiary for the granting of indulgences in these churches.” The pilgrim churches according to the release are to be the “centers of prayer, forgiveness, and charitable works during this jubilee year”.

The ten pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese will be:
– Manila Cathedral (Manila)
– Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene / Quiapo Church (Manila)
– Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia (Manila),
– Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo (Manila)
– San Pablo Apostol Parish (Manila)
– Santa Clara de Montefalco Parish (Pasay)
– National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Makati)
– Sts. Peter and Paul Parish (Makati)
– San Felipe Neri Parish (Mandaluyong)
– St. John the Baptist Parish (San Juan)

CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles said in an online press conference held last January 28, 2021, that jubilee churches will also be designated in other dioceses and archdioceses in the country.

In the Archdiocese of Manila, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila will open the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral on April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday. He will open the jubilee doors of the other pilgrim churches during Easter Week.

The Jubilee Year will open on April 4, 2021, and will close on April 18, 2022, with the Second National Mission Congress in Cebu.

Last year, the CBCP has announced that the activities scheduled for the celebration of the 500 years of the Christianity will be adjusted due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“Due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was necessary to change the schedule of our celebration of the 500 years of Christianity…So it is now going to be a whole year celebration until 2022,” said Bishop Ambo, Vice President of CBCP. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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