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Level up! 16th century church in Ilocos Sur now a minor basilica

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St. Nicholas of Tolentino church in Sinait, Ilocos Sur is now officially a minor basilica.

Nueva Segovia Archbishop Marlo Peralta announced that Pope Francis himself has elevated the parish which was built and completed in 1574 by Augustinian missionaries.

The shrine is also home to a 400-year-old life-size image of the crucified Christ that is one of the religious sites visited by devotees in the Ilocos Region and in the Cagayan Valley.

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