The Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Urduja Village in the Diocese of Novaliches will be elevated into a diocesan shrine on February 25.
The Eucharistic celebration and solemn declaration will be presided Bishop Roberto Gaa of Novaliches at 3 p.m.
The parish church is located at the corner of Magat Salamat and Kumintang Streets in Urduja Village, North Caloocan.
Urduja Village is formerly known in 1968 as the Philippine Homesite and Housing Corp., a government project in Zabarte, Novaliches.
Among its first residents were journalists who were members of the National Press Club of the Philippines and working at the Manila Timers, Manila Chronicle, Evening News, Daily Mirror, among others.
Among them was the late Manila Times reporter-photographer Ben Roxas who died while covering the bombing of the Liberal Party election rally at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo on Aug. 21, 1971, and radio-television broadcaster-commentator Roger “Bomba” Arrienda.
The Diocese of Novaliches was one of the five new bishoprics created in Metropolitan Manila by the Vatican at the turn of the millennium. The four others were Cubao in Quezon City, Kaloocan, Paranaque, and Pasig.
The Diocese of Novaliches has 73 parishes in two mission areas clustered into 12 vicariates and three districts. Its combined population is 2.6 million.
The first head of the diocese was Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani Jr., followed by Bishop Antonio Tobias in 2003 and then Bishop Gaa.
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