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.

This means that Catholics can make a pilgrimage to the Assumption of Our Lady Shrine Parish-Dauis and the Our Lady of Light Parish-Loon in Bohol and enjoy all the spiritual benefits as if they were able to pray at the papal basilica in Rome.

The Our Lady of Light Parish-Loon, in Loon, Bohol. Built in 1753, it was declared a National
Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and a National
Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.

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.

The information was posted by the Dauis Church on its Facebook page on October 3.

The diocese has yet to announce the official declaration of this affiliation.

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. CBCP News

Images courtesy of Parish’s Facebook account and Wikimedia Commons

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