2 Manila churches elevated as shrines
FRANCO JOSE C. BAROÑA
The Manila Times
THE Roman Catholic Church has elevated two parochial churches in Manila to the rank of archdiocesan shrine. Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish (NSPS) in Sampaloc and San Vicente de Paul Parish (SVPP) in Ermita were elevated to the rank of archdiocesan shrine in a decree issued by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula. In his decree dated November 27, the cardinal approved that the San Vicente de Paul Parish along San Marcelino Street be conferred the title of Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. “On the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, we received a gift,” the parish church said in a statement. “We give thanks to the Lord for this blessing.” The parish in Sampaloc, located on Calamba corner Instruccion Streets, meanwhile, will be known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro. The decree of erection of the NSPS Parish as an archdiocesan shrine was given on November 2, but it was only made public on Sunday. To be a diocesan shrine, a church, among other requirements, must be a place of historical significance, prayer and pilgrimage for a special reason of piety. When these requirements are met, the parish petitions the bishop to canonically elevate the church. And for a church to be declared a national shrine, the bishops’ conference must give its approval. The NSPS was erected on Aug. 28, 1951 by Manila Archbishop Gabriel Reyes. The SVPP, on the other hand, was built in 1912. It was badly damaged during the Battle of Manila in 1945 but was restored in 1946.