MANILA � Pope Francis has granted the Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church in Orani, Bataan the title of "Minor basilica".
With this, the Diocese of Balanga expressed gratitude to the pontiff for a very precious gift.
An immense grace from God. A very precious gift from the Holy Father. We glorify Him. We are very much grateful to His Holiness, Pope Francis, said Bishop Ruperto Santos in a statement Tuesday.
He said that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome has given the title to the parish church.
The Vatican Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has granted the title of Minor Basilica to our parish church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Orani, the Catholic prelate said.
A blessing to the Diocese of Balanga. Our devotion to our Blessed Mother. Truly for us she is our Virgen Milagrosa del Rosario del Pueblo de Orani, Santos added.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church is the first Minor Basilica under the diocese.
With the granting of the title to the church in Orani, the country now has 16 Basilica Minore, among them are the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene also known as the Quiapo Church, and the Minor Basilica of Santo NiAo de Cebu.
The title is given to churches around the world to denote particular importance in liturgical and pastoral life and a close bond with the Pope. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency