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PASIG CITY, 5 March 2021 - CBCP Secretary General Msgr. Bernie Pantin announced that the Philippine Church received the decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary granting Plenary indulgence to the Jubilee churches designated by the diocesan Bishops for the Jubilee year of the 500 YOC.
An indulgence is defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."
It may be partial or plenary in a way that it removes "either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.
Three churches from the Diocese of Pasig are included in the list of Jubilee churches - Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Plaza Rizal, Brgy. Malinao, Pasig City), Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne (41 Liwayway St, Brgy. Sta. Ana, Taguig City); and San Roque Parish/Diocesan Shrine of Sta. Martha (B. Morcilla Street, Pateros, Metro Manila).
In the general plan for the celebration of the 500YOC issued by the CBCP, in line with the National Quincentennial Celebration of the First Easter Mass, there will be a simultaneous Opening of the Jubilee Year of the 500 YOC in all parishes and Cathedrals on April 4, 2021. The ICC will open its jubilee door on the same day at 2:30 pm, followed by the celebration of the Holy Mass at 3 p.m. to be celebrated by Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara.
Meanwhile, both Diocesan Shrine of Sta. Martha/San Roque Parish and the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Anne will open their Jubilee doors on April 11, 2021, 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively, to be followed by the Holy Mass.
According to CBCP President, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, “The jubilee year would open on Easter Sunday, remembering on this day the first recorded Eucharist celebrated in our land.”
The year-long celebration, he said, will then close on April 18 to 22 next year to coincide with the 2nd National Mission Congress, which is set in Cebu City.
In another news, Pope Francis will lead the Filipino community in Italy in celebrating the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, a Filipino priest based in Rome said.
Scalabrinian Fr. Ricky Gente of the Filipino Chaplaincy in Rome said the celebration will be highlighted with a Mass to be officiated by Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica at 10:00 a.m. (5:00 p.m. in the Philippines) on March 14.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the pope’s vicar of Rome, will also be present in the event.
The celebration, he said, will be livestreamed from the Vatican to reach Filipinos in different parts of the world.
“Join us in Rome to pray, praise and thank God for his gift of the Christian faith,” Gente said.
After the Mass, the pope will lead the traditional recitation of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at midday.
“You can also receive blessings from the pope after mass in Vatican Square where he will lead the Angelus prayer at noon,” Gente added.
In his message after the Mass, he called on Filipinos, especially those who are living abroad, to “continue to be smugglers of the faith”. /Fr. Lito Jopson, PSoccomNews, with News from CBCP