The Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila has been officially declared an Important Cultural Property (ICP) by the National Museum of the Philippines. The formal declaration was made on Saturday, January 27.
The unveiling of the ICP marker was led by Cardinal Jose Advincula of Manila, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Charles Brown, and National Museum Director General Jeremy Barns.
The event was attended by over 80 bishops who were in the city for the 127th plenary assembly. Cardinal Advincula, in his address, emphasized the cultural and historical significance of the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center, urging collective efforts for its preservation and sustainability.
“Pope Pius XII Catholic Center is now an important cultural property of our country. Let us help one another in preserving and sustaining it,” he said.
Located along U.N. Avenue, the center was inaugurated nearly 60 years ago on August 26, 1964, by Cardinal Rufino Santos. Over the decades, the facility has played a pivotal role in the Philippine Catholic Church, witnessing historic meetings of the country’s bishops and serving numerous individuals and groups.
As the center celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Cardinal Advincula highlighted plans to reinvigorate its original vision and enhance its role as a center for evangelization. He expressed the Archdiocese’s intention to fully utilize the center’s facilities and programs in service of a synodal Church on a mission and for promoting new evangelization efforts.
Cardinal Advincula extended an invitation to the public to join in realizing the vision of making the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center a hub for synodality and solidarity.
“We would like to invite everyone to join us in our dream to make Pius XII Catholic Center a home and a hub for synodality and solidarity, for walking together and growing in faith together,” he said.
An ICP, as defined by Philippine law, is an establishment of exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country. The designation as an Important Cultural Property implies that the center may now receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration, ensuring its preservation as a historical and cultural landmark in the Philippines. This recognition not only honors the center’s historical contributions but also ensures its legacy for future generations. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo by CBCP News)