Sunday, February 21, 2010

Two new national shrines!

MANILA, Feb. 20, 2010─Two well-known shrines in the archdiocese of Manila have recently been elevated as national shrines through a decree of establishment issued by the CBCP President and Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

The elevation of the status of the Shrines of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Jude Thaddeus into national shrines were unanimously approved by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) during its 100th plenary assembly on January 23.

The parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guadalupe, Makati City was proclaimed Archdiocesan Shrine by Cardinal Jaime Sin in 2001.

The increase of devotion to the Lady of Guadalupe especially by Pro-Life groups against the onslaught of anti-life values encouraged the devotees to launch a petition for a national shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe citing the urgency to promote Pro-Life values under the patronage of Our Lady.
Meanwhile, St. Jude’s Shrine in San Miguel, Manila is frequented by numerous pilgrims and devotees asking the intercession of the saint for various needs.

“Through the years, the Shrine has been providing solace to the destitute, the downtrodden, the marginalized, the desperate, and the lonely,” the petition read.

“Even without asking for special favors or after obtaining their answered prayers, they maintain their personal relationship with St. Jude Thaddeus as a source of inspiration, guidance, and strength in their daily lives,” the petition further said.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales endorsed both petitions to the CBCP giving assurance “that all canonical and liturgical requirements for the elevation to the status of being a National Shrine have been complied with.”

Current rector of Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine is Fr. Edwin Mercado, while St. Jude Shrine is under the leadership of Fr. Roland Aquino, SVD. (Pinky Barrientos, FSP)


The interior of St. Jude, Manila

The interior of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati  (What's wrong in this picture?)

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