Holy Rosary of Manaoag church now a minor basilica

February 18, 2015 5:51 am 

MANAOAG, Pangasinan, Feb. 17 — "Visit the basilica and after that go and visit the poor and the needy like Elizabeth".

This was stressed by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his homily during a concelebrated mass starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, marking the solemn proclamation of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag into a minor papal basilica by virtue of a decree issued by Pope Francis at Peter's Square Basilica in Rome on Oct. 11, 2014.

The Blessed Mother visited the poor and the needy and as true children of Mary "you should continue her work", said Cardinal Tagle in the mass where he was the main celebrant and Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Orlando Cardinal Quevedo as co-celebrants.

It was Cardinal Quevedo who read in Latin and in English papal proclamation signed by Pietro Cardinal Carolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, in the name of Pope Francis conferring the Holy Rosary of Manaoag the title and dignity of minor basilica which is the parish church dedicated to God and haven of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis was represented during the solemn occasion by Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto, the apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.

The papal decree conferred the Holy Rosary of Manaoag Church under the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan with all accomplishments and privileges under the title meant for the distinguished church as a minor basilica.

Cardinal Tagle, who is half Pangasinense and half Caviteno as his mother hails from Dagupan, said the minor basilica is dedicated to Mary and told the faithful that " if you have to walk the way Mary did, then go".

The basilica, he said, is the symbol of God's presence " in or midst".

He told the faithful to pray for Mary and for others before praying for oneself.

The solemn occasion was attended by some 60 bishops and about 300 priests from the country.

The occasion was attended by President Benigno Aquino III's sister Balsy and Viel, Gov. and Mrs. Amado Espino Jr., Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Reps. Gina de Venecia, Kimi Cojuangco, Rosemary Arenas, and Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez.

The basilica is run by Dominican fathers with Rev. Fr. Jerry Manlangit as Rector Pryor. (PNA)

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