by Danny Estacio
Dolores, Quezon — Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Dagupan-Lingayen Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas led the Concelebrated Mass at yesterday’s declaration of a church here as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows with a prayer for Marawi City.
OUR LADY OF SORROWS — Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Socrates Villegas (right) is joined by 21 other bishops from various dioceses in the country yesterday in formally declaring the church in Dolores, Quezon as the National Shrine of our Lady of Sorrows, whose image is seen here. (Danny J. Estacio | Manila Bulletin)
Joined by Diocese of Lucena Bishop Emilio Z. Marquez and 20 other bishops as co-celebrants of the Mass, Villegas enjoined about 8,000 church goers in observing a minute of silent prayer for all those affected by the violent siege of Marawi City by terrorist groups.
The decree declaring the church as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows was passed by the CBCP and read at the Mass by Fr. Renato Pareja, chancellor of the Diocese of Lucena.
Villegas expressed happiness that the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Dolores is now a national shrine and that the CBCP has done its role to foment devotion and nurture piety among Catholics faithful.
Among those witnessing the solemn declaration of the new national shrine were Quezon Governor David C. Suarez, former Rep. Aleta C. Suarez, wife of House Minority Floor Leader and Bondoc Peninsula Rep. Danilo E. Suarez, Quezon 2nd District Rep. Vicente J. Alcala and municipal mayors.
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