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Turumba gets Santa Maria Maggiore grant

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PAKIL, Laguna, August 6, 2014—It’s official! Pakil’s own Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba became the newest “sister” of the famous Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Saint Mary Major) in Rome, through a “Special Spiritual Bond of Affinity” given by the Papal Basilica’s Archpriest.

The Pakil Church or the San Pedro de Alcantara Church in Pakil, Laguna (Photo: Richard Eusebio)

Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish rector Rev. Fr. Mario P. Rivera revealed Saturday, August 2, in a Facebook post that the Archpriest of the the first church dedicated to Mary, Santos Cardinal Abril, had given a grant to the shrine that will make it similar to Santa Maria Maggiore in terms of certain privileges.

Catholic faithful who go on pilgrimage to the Turumba shrine, especially on solemnities of the Blessed Virgin, will obtain indulgences and privileges similar to those of papal basilica.

A thanksgiving celebration is being planned for this blessing, Rivera shared.

Besides the shrine in Pakil, there are only three other Marian shrines in the Philippines that have this Special Spiritual Bond of Affinity to Santa Maria Maggiore.

They are Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan, Our Lady of Caysasay in Batangas, and Our Lady of Orani in Bataan.

The Catholic world commemorates the Dedication of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore on August 5. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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