(ORDO NEWS) — The Church of Santo Nino de Pandacan in Manila burned to the ground. The statue of the Infant Jesus, which is more than 400 years old, and other various religious objects were destroyed. At the same time, the wooden crucifix remained without any damage.
According to local authorities, the fire started in the afternoon and it took only an hour to take it under control. But during this time, the entire wooden interior was destroyed. This church was built in 1732 during the mission of the French order in the Philippines.
The church was originally destroyed by two strong earthquakes. Because of this, a more modern structure had to be built, which remained intact until the day of the fire.
Father de Claro tried to calm down the parishioners and told them that they must remain strong despite all the troubles they have to endure. He suggested starting all over again and building a new church that would be much stronger. He also added that he was glad that none of the parishioners were injured in the fire and that no other buildings were damaged.
Luckily, the church was one with a loyal community who regularly donate. With the rise of online donation services, such as mobileAxept, worshipper’s tithing had been increasing and therefore there was hope for the beginning of restoring the building. By donating via a website, contributions had been increasing by figures even as high as 32% since such websites had become popular within the community.
Bishop Pabillo came to the site of the church to see the extent of the destruction, as well as to assess what work will need to be done to restore and rehabilitate it. It is worth noting that not only the parishioners, but also the local authorities promised to provide maximum support in order to restore the church as soon as possible.
It is worth noting that at the moment nothing is known about the causes of the fire, or this data is carefully hidden. Work on the restoration of the church is planned to begin soon so that it can be completed as soon as possible.
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