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Vatican grants minor basilica title to two PH churches

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Vatican has approved the request of the Diocese of Cubao to elevate the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Quezon City into a minor basilica, a papal privilege granted to certain churches.

FILE PHOTO: Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in Rome, March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/ MANILA BULLETIN

FILE PHOTO: Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in Rome, March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/ MANILA BULLETIN

Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco confirmed this information Sunday.

“Yes, our application of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine to be a Minor Basilica was approved,” he said in a text message.

“The formal announcement will be made soon,” added Ongtioco.

On Saturday, the Diocese of Cubao posted the letter of the Vatican granting their request in their Facebook page.

“At the request of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco, Bishop of Cubao, in a letter given on the 17th of August 2018, expressing the prayers and desires of the clergy and the lay faithful, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, with the power of faculties given to it by the Supreme Pontiff FRANCIS, very willingly bestows upon the parish church in the city of New Manila, Quezon City, which is dedicated to God in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, the title and dignity of a MINOR BASILICA,” read the letter from the office of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments dated November 30, 2018.

Aside from the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Congregation also granted the petition of the Diocese of Laoag for the St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Shrine of La Virgen de Milagrosa de Badoc) in Ilocos Norte to be bestowed the title and dignity of a Minor Basilica.

Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba announced the good news in his December 16 circular letter addressed to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the diocese.

He said the preparations for the elevation are now underway but the date shall be officially announced in a thanksgiving mass to be offered in the said church on December 27.

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