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Coronation of St. Joseph ‘oldest venerated image’ set Aug. 8

July 13, 2021 People's Tonight 223 views

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma has approved the episcopal coronation of the “oldest venerated image” of St. Joseph in the Philippines.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website reported on Tuesday that the episcopal coronation will be on August 8, during a Mass to be led by Palma and Auxiliary Bishop Midyphil Billones, who is also the national shrine’s rector.

It added that the crowning is “a manifestation and thanksgiving for all the wonders that our Spiritual Father, the Patrocinio de San Jose de Mandaue has interceded for us throughout the years”.

The National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City, where the 17th-century image is enshrined, made the announcement on Monday.

The occasion will also highlight the 20th anniversary of the national shrine this year.

On August 6, 2001, the CBCP elevated the church as a national shrine, the first in the Visayas Region.

The event will be held as the Church marks the Year of St. Joseph and the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the CBCP has created a service arm to help dioceses’ implementing programs which also include the abolition of the church’s arancel system.

Arancel is a system of fees for church services, such as baptism, confirmation, weddings, and Masses.

CBCP secretary general Monsignor Bernardo Pantin said the creation of the Episcopal Commission on Stewardship was made during the bishops’ 122nd plenary assembly on July 9.

“One of the tasks of this office is to help the dioceses implement that pastoral letter issued last January about the spirituality of stewardship, which would lead to the abolition of arancel in the celebration of the sacraments,” the Catholic priest said.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo will head the new office effective immediately.

In a pastoral statement last January, the CBCP assured it is committed to education, formation, and catechesis in the spirituality of stewardship for the clergy, religious, and laity. Philippine News Agency