Derived from the Greek term that means “royal house”, a basilica is a church that the Pope granted special ecclesiastical privileges. There are 2 types of basilicas namely Major Basilicas (which only have 4 churches namely St. John Lateran, St. Peter, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major
Devotion and piety inspire the Catholic faithful to go on pilgrimage to churches and sacred places. A shrine, for example, is visited by thousands of pilgrims to practice their devotion. The Philippines has been home to numerous shrines with some approved by its Episcopal Conference to be a national shrine.
In 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in response to workers’ observance of the “May Day” Holiday. This led to the annual celebration of the said feast coinciding with the historic day of honor for workers worldwide. Joseph, the Lord’s foster father, was a
During Holy Week, Catholics go the extra mile in their practice of penitence. Thousands of faithful visit churches to pray the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross. Walking through seven churches, devoted pilgrims pray two stations in each church they visit. Here is a route to seven churches in
“All this,” said David, “the LORD made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern.” (1 Chronicles 28:19) Theatrical, dramatic, and grandiose – these are some of the features of Baroque architecture. Aesthetic details that impress the eye as well create an influential
Counseling Groups One Can Reach Mental illness is a reality that most people are prone to experience, but only few people recognize. With the current situation of pandemic, most vulnerable people are grasping hard to nourish their mental health. And with the stress and pressure of day to day challenges,
The Catholic Church, according to statistics, is one of the largest providers of health care in the Philippines. In Metro Manila, some hospitals happened to be founded by religious congregations or the diocese – visioning the institution to be Christ-centered. Here is a list of Catholic Hospitals in Metro Manila