JARO, Iloilo City, Dec. 9, 2015 – Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, D.D. designated St. Elizabeth Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles, in Iloilo City, as a “pilgrimage church” for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
In naming the Cathedral as a “pilgrimage church” Lagdameo said, “Pope Francis, in his Bull of Indiction, “Misericordiae Vultus”, granted to all cathedrals of the local church, and at the discretion of the local ordinary, to shrines frequented by pilgrims and other churches of special significance, a “Door of Mercy” in order that everyone may avail of the “medicine of mercy.”
In accordance to the said Bull, the first “holy door” in the Archdiocese of Jaro will be opened in Jaro Cathedral on Dec. 14, 2015.
“Through this “door” the Church’s faithful are offered an “extraordinary path” toward spiritual renewal and a moment of grace, not just in Rome but even in our local church,” the prelate explained.
To highlight the significance of the event Lagdameo invited all priests, all the religious sisters in the various congregations, and all the faithful of the archdiocese to gather at the Jaro Cathedral on Dec. 14, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. for the opening of the Holy Door and the celebration of the Mass to mark the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee in the archdiocese.
Aside from the Jaro Cathedral, the Archbishop designated the following:
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Alta Tierra, Iloilo City
- Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer, in Leganes, Iloilo
- Parish Church of St. Anne, Molo, Iloilo City
Each church will open its “Door of Mercy” in the succeeding weeks during the Holy Year.
Opening of the Door of Mercy
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Dec, 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
In the same Bull of Indiction the Pope indicated that on Dec. 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, after opening the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Rome – that is, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran – he will announce that in every local church a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year.
“It is my hope that the faithful, including schools, small Christian communities and other institutions encouraged by their pastors and superiors would avail of the graces given to us by the Church in this Jubilee Year by going on pilgrimage to these designated churches, by availing of the sacraments especially penance, by practicing with utmost intensity not just as individuals, but also as groups, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” Lagdameo appealed. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)