2 more PH churches just earned national shrine status—Here’s why it matters

The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption in Maasin City and the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Novaliches, Quezon City have joined the growing list of Philippine churches bestowed with the national shrine title.

Two more Philippine churches have been designated as national shrines by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Assumption in Maasin City and the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Novaliches, Quezon City have earned this prestigious title.

In a statement, the CBCP explained that shrines are considered important centers of devotion or pilgrimage for many faithful. “As sites of popular piety and devotion to Mary and the saints, shrines are to nourish the faith of the pilgrims with liturgical celebrations,” it said.

Under the Canon Law, a church can be declared a national shrine once it receives approval from the conference of bishops.

Any church or sacred place can achieve shrine status if it attracts a significant number of pilgrims for reasons of piety. The Canon Law specifies that shrines are intended to provide abundant means of salvation to the faithful through the celebration of the Eucharist, penance, and approved forms of popular piety.

Currently, there are about 30 churches in the Philippines designated as national shrines by the CBCP. These include Binondo Church, Mt. Carmel Shrine, Santo Domingo Church, Baclaran Church, and Quiapo Church.