Cardinal Tagle lifts moratorium on shrines

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MANILA, May 27, 2014— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle lifts a moratorium on petitions to declare churches as shrines under his pastoral jurisdiction.

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is one of the more famous shrines in the country. It is dedicated to the Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Manaoag, who is also the patroness of the town. (File photo)

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal announced that the archdiocese is now open to receive new petitions and to review those petitions withheld in the past.

“We pray that this action will contribute to true renewal of the Church of the Archdiocese of Manila,” Tagle said in the decree.

He designated the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission to study and evaluate them based on church laws and the norms of the archdiocese.

The church official also instructed the said Commission to review and update the guidelines for the declaration of archdiocesan shrines.

A moratorium on petitions to elevate a parochial church to the dignity of archdiocesan shrine was declared some years back.

The cardinal said this was done to help the parish churches desiring to be shrines “to prepare well for the responsibilities” to contribute to the growth of the pastoral life of the church.

Shrines, he added, are places of special devotion of the faithful to a particular title of Christ, of the Holy Spirit or of the Blessed Mother, and to the saints.

“They have the distinct function and mission to keep alive and promote the mystery of faith through these devotions,” Tagle said. (CBCPNews)

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