The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene popularly known as Quiapo Church was declared an Archdiocesan Shrine.
“After having considered the petition of the Rector and Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Rufino C. Sescon, Jr., and the community of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene – St. John the Baptist Parish (Quiapo Church), after having consulted the Presbyteral Council, and convinced of the merits of the said petition;”
“By these presents, We hereby decree that the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene – St. John the Baptist Parish (Quiapo Church), be conferred the title of the ARCHDIOCESAN SHRINE OF THE BLACK NAZARENE.”
The Decree of Erection signed by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula on May 10, 2023, and attested by Rev. Fr. Isidro Marinay, Chancellor, also granted the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene “all the rights and privileges as embodied in the statutes which we also approve at the same time. It shall furthermore be governed by the provisions of Canons 1230-1234 of the Code of Canon Law.”
The Minor Basilica and Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene known canonically as the Saint John the Baptist Parish is in the district of Quiapo in the City of Manila and is the 13th Archdiocesan Shrine in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Quiapo Church serves as the home of the Black Nazarene, a life-sized dark wooden statue of Jesus Christ carrying the cross and believed to be miraculous. Its feast day is celebrated every January 9, when millions of devotees flock to the church to commemorate the Traslacion, one of the biggest religious gatherings in the world.
The newly declared Archdiocesan Shrine is under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Manila with Rev. Fr. Rufino C. Sescon, Jr. as its rector. (By Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Quiapo Church)