Historic Declaration: Antipolo Cathedral elevated to international shrine

Historic Declaration: Antipolo Cathedral elevated to International Shrine

Last January 26, the Antipolo Cathedral, also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, was elevated by the Vatican as an ‘International Shrine.’

Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown led the celebration of the Holy Mass, which was attended by more than 80 bishops from the different archdioceses and dioceses in the country, and are currently in Manila for the 127th Plenary Assembly in Pope Pius XII Center in UN Avenue.

Before the formal declaration, the image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage was carried in a solemn procession from the sacristy to the front of the church. The Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Charles Brown, and Antipolo Bishop Ruperto Santos presided over a ceremony to crown the image at 9:30 in the morning.

Most Rev. Francisco De Leon read the Latin Decree proclaiming Antipolo Cathedral to be an International Shrine while Rev. Msgr. Bernardo Patin read the English translation.

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, and CBCP President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David were among the Church officials who joined in the celebration.

First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos was also present during the historic celebration.

The Antipolo Cathedral is the country’s first national shrine, and the 11th international shrine in the world.

The Vatican declared the approval of a petition to elevate the cathedral’s status to an International Shrine in June 2022.

According to the Vatican decree, on March 25, 2023, the cathedral officially attained its new status as an International Shrine.

Under the current pro-prefect Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization is in charge of sanctioning and supervising the operations of worldwide shrines.

The Antipolo Cathedral’s designation as an International Shrine is a confirmation of the Philippine Catholic community’s ongoing spiritual legacy, as the faithful assemble for this momentous occasion. (By Pat Gorospe/SOCOM-Santa Clare de Montefalco Parish and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Austin Reyes/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)


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