Quezon City’s oldest church was formally declared a minor basilica on Monday, making it the 17th Catholic place of worship in the Philippines with such title and dignity, reported CBCP News.

The Franciscan-run Santuario de San Pedro Bautista was officially elevated to minor basilica status in solemn rites led by Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao.

In his homily, he said that becoming a minor basilica is not only about its historical and patrimonial but a recognition of its special role and mission in evangelization.

Praise the Lord

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