The rector of the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, March 7, gave Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Debold Sinas an image of the Immaculate Conception.
Father Reginald Malicdem gave the image to Sinas who attended Mass at the cathedral together with members of the PNP.
The Manila Cathedral said the PNP celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the cathedral as their pilgrimage for the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.
“They expressed their willingness to join the commemoration of this milestone in our faith as a country,” the cathedral said in a Facebook post.
In his homily, Fr. Kali Pietre Llamado, vice rector of the Manila Cathedral, welcomed the PNP to the first cathedral in the country.
“We welcome you not as police officers today, but we welcome you as pilgrim. The first cathedral in the country, Mother Church in the country,” he said.
Llamado then spoke about the stained glass windows and why the round windows surrounding the cathedral are his favorite.
“My favorite, whenever you come inside the cathedral are the circle windows surrounding us,” he said.
“So for our pilgrims, we present the seven corporal works of mercy…giving clothes to the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, giving food to the hungry, visiting the sick, visiting those imprisoned, burying the dead,” Llamado added.
“You will see here faith in Christ and doing good to others,” he said.
The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros is one of the pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese of Manila for the celebration of the 500 years of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.