The Roman Catholic National Shrines of the Philippines

A national shrine is a Catholic church or other sacred place which has met certain requirements and is given this honor by the national episcopal conference to recognize the church’s special historical, cultural and religious significance.

For a church to receive the status of a national shrine involves a number of steps and certifications. It must first be designated as a diocesan (or archdiocesan) shrine, an honor conferred by the local bishop or archbishop. To be designated as a diocesan shrine, the subject church must be a place “to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special reason of piety.” It must exceed other churches in terms of worship, Christian formation, and social services. When these requirements are met, the parish petitions the bishop to canonically elevate the church.

When devotion has grown, the diocesan shrine may petition the national Conference of Catholic Bishops. Evaluation by the nation’s bishops involves considerations including canon law, liturgy, and doctrine. In the Philippines, the requirements of a national shrine is maintained by CBCP or Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

As of this writing, we have 27 national shrines scattered in our country. The title has been attributed to important pilgrimage churches, as these may be also a cathedral or a minor basilica. As I roam the provinces of Philippines thru my #project81, I take priority on visita iglesia, mostly heritage churches scattered in the archipelago. It is like finding a hidden treasure in every corner of our country!

Below is the list of Catholic national shrines in our country with year of declaration.

The Roman Catholic National Shrines of the Philippines

19 of 27 visited as of March 2020

1. National Shrine of Virgen La Divina Pastora, Gapan 19861gapan_National Shrine of La Divina Pastora
2. Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga 19851caceres_NAGA Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia_penafrancia-basilica-and-national-shrine-philippines2
3. Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo1manila_National Shrine of San Lorenzo Ruiz
4. National Shrine Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo 19541antipolol_National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
5. National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Parañaque 1985
6. National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Valenzuela 19761malolos_National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
7. National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati 20101manila_National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
8. National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang 2018
9. National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon 19971cubao_quezon city_National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
10. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon 20151cubao_quezon city_Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
11. National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolores 2017
12. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned, Manila 20201manila_National Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned
13. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila, Quezon 19541cubao_quezon city_National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila
14. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Muntinlupa 1980
15. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Visitation, Gamu 1986
16. National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Parañaque 19581paranaque_National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help
17. National Shrine of Saint Ann, Hagonoy 19911malolos_National Shrine of St. Anne
18. National Shrine of Saint Anthony of Padua, Pila 20191san pablo_national shrine and parish of san antonio de padua
19. National Shrine of Saint Jude, Manila 20101manila_National Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus
20. National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels, Manila 19861manila_National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels
21. National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio, Santo Tomas1lipa_Parish and National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio
22. National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Marilao 2002
23. National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Makati

Visayas
1. Basilica of the Holy Child, Cebu1cebu basilica_logo-of-basilica-of-the-holy-child-cebu-city2
2. National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles (Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary), Iloilo 20121jaro_Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Candles
3. National Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of Regla, Lapu-Lapu 20071cebu_national shrine of Nuestra Señora Virgen De La Regla
4. National Shrine of Saint Joseph, Mandaue 2001

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