By Marisol Bo-oc | 04:50 PM October 17, 2021
The Vatican has established a “bond of spiritual affinity” between the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and two parish churches in Bohol province.
The official declaration of the decree of special bond of spiritual affinity was held on Sunday, October 17.
A Holy Mass was presided by Tagbilaran Bishop Abet Uy at the Assumption of Our Lady Shrine Parish in Dauis town.
The other church is Our Lady of Light Parish in Loon town.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that Catholics can make a pilgrimage to the churches and enjoy all the spiritual benefits as if they were able to pray at the papal basilica.
The special bond also means that special indulgences attached to the basilica can be obtained, under the same conditions, at the two churches under the Diocese of Tagbilaran.
In April this year, the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe de Extremadura in Loboc town was also granted the same spiritual relationship with the Basilica of St. Mary Major.