CBCP head supports plan to declare EDSA Shrine as a national shrine

Following the pontifical coronation of the image of Our Lady of Fatima which has been an iconic symbol of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution during the 38th anniversary of the famous bloodless upheaval, the head of the country’s Catholic bishops raised the possibility of declaring EDSA Shrine as a “national shrine”.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David expressed his support to the potential elevation of EDSA Shrine as he stressed that it is “not just a shrine for the Archdiocese of Manila, but of the entire Philippines.”

Shrine rector Rev. Fr. Jerome Secilliano, who also serves as the executive director of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs, welcomed Bishop David’s approval as they were planning to apply the church as a national shrine for a long while.

According to CBCP News, the bishops’ conference has the pastoral oversight for national shrines which approves application of a church that intends to be designated a national shrine.

EDSA Shrine has been titled the Archdiocesan Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace by the late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin upon its establishment in 1989, three years after the historic revolt that toppled the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos and his government. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)



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