Pope Francis declares oldest QC church as minor basilica

The Diocese of Cubao will now have two minor basilicas.

Pope Francis has declared the Santuario de San Pedro Parish in Quezon City as a Minor Basilica, the 17th in the country.

(Santuario de San Pedro Bautista Parish / MANILA BULLETIN)

The diocese announced the good news on Thursday, July 9.

According to the Cubao diocese, a minor basilica is a church granted with special ecclesiastical privileges by the Pope.

It said the status is usually given to churches because of their antiquity, historical value, architectural worth, and significance as centers of worship.

In a Facebook post, the Santuario de San Pedro Parish thanked God for the "extraordinary blessing" they received.

"Let us say a prayer of thanksgiving to Almighty God for this extraordinary blessing given to our parish community! Deo gratias (Thanks be to God)," read the post.

It was in November, 2018, when the Vatican also approved the diocese's application for the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine in Quezon City to be granted the title of a Minor Basilica.

The solemn declaration of the Shrine as a Minor Basilica was held in March, 2019.

Aside from declaring the Santuario de San Pedro Parish as a Minor Basilica, the Diocese of Cubao said Pope Francis also granted the pontifical coronation to the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.