Jaro Cathedral now a national pilgrimage site!


The famous Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral has been formally declared as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles during a 7AM Mass on February 2, 2012 the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.

A shrine is defined by Canon Law as a church or a sacred place which is by reason of special devotion is frequented by the faithful as pilgrims, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

For a church to be called a “national shrine,” it has to be given recognition by the CBCP. A “local shrine” is when such official recognition is given by the bishop of the place.

On July 16, 2011 the Jaro Cathedral was elevated into a national shrine by the CBCP.

The yearly pilgrimage to the shrine in February and the daily devotions of the people coming from afar bringing with them testimonies of divine interventions and spiritual…

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