Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo opens the Jubilee Door of the Manila Cathedral on April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday. The event is part of the celebration of the 500th year of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception popularly known as the Manila Cathedral is one of the 12 pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese of Manila.
“Ngayong araw na binubuksan natin ang 500 years ng commemoration ng pagdating ng pananampalataya, sa lahat ng mga dioceses, binubuksan ang jubilee doors ng mga cathedrals kaya kahit na nasa ECQ tayo sa Maynila, nakikiisa tayo sa buong bansa, na binibuksan ang ating jubilee door ng ating Manila Cathedral,” Bishop Pabillo said.
In his homily during Mass that took place after the opening of the jubilee door, the Bishop took note of the importance of opening a jubilee door and the grace a faithful receive upon entering the pilgrim church.
“Ang jubilee door ay ang sagisag ng mga biyaya na mapapasaatin kapag tayo ay pumapasok sa simbahang ito. Ito po ay isa lang sa labindalawang jubilee churches o pilgrim churches na ipinagkaloob ng Roma sa ating archdiocese. Sa mga susunod na mga araw, bubuksan din natin ang mga jubilee doors ng iba pang mga pilgrim churches,” he said.
The other jubilee churches are the 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), Immaculate Conception Parish (San Agustin Church), Intramuros, Manila, Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz (Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish, Binondo, Manila.
The Opening of the Jubilee Door took place in other churches in all dioceses in the country as part of the year-long celebration of the 5th centenary of the Christian Faith. In Manila, Bishop Pabillo will also open the Jubilee Door of the rest of the pilgrim churches during the Easter week.
“Inaanyayahan tayong pumasok sa simbahan. Doon magsisi. Doon magdasal. Doon tumanggap ng bendisyon ng Diyos. Buong taon po natin matatanggap ang indulgences sa mga jubilee churches. Let us schedule our visits to these churches when the restrictions are relapsed,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis is granting a plenary indulgence to Filipinos visiting any of 500 Jubilee Churches to mark the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines beginning April 4, 2021, to April 22, 2022.
According to CBCP News, the pope made the decision in a decree issued on Feb. 25 to the Catholic Bishops’ of the Philippines and was signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary.
In the Catholic doctrine, plenary indulgence is a special blessing that removes temporal punishment for sins that have already been forgiven. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)
IN PHOTO | Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila opens the jubilee door of the Manila Cathedral on April 4, 2021, Easter Sunday to mark the beginning of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC