Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles, Caacupé

Coordinates: 25°23′10″S 57°08′37″W / 25.3861°S 57.1435°W / -25.3861; -57.1435
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Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles
Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Milagros
25°23′10″S 57°08′37″W / 25.3861°S 57.1435°W / -25.3861; -57.1435
DenominationRoman Catholic Church

The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Miracles (Spanish: Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Milagros), also Caacupé Cathedral, is the religious building that functions as the Catholic cathedral of the city of Caacupé, Paraguay, and also as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Caacupé that was created as a territorial prelature in 1960 and was promoted to its current status in 1967 through the bull "Rerum catholicarum" of Pope Paul VI.[1]

The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Caacupé is a Catholic basilica in Paraguay that was inaugurated on 8 December 1765 and became a place of pilgrimage for many local believers. Caacupé is considered the spiritual capital of Paraguay because it houses the largest sanctuary in the country.[2]

The temple, in addition to its status as a cathedral, is considered as a Catholic national sanctuary[3] and minor basilica .[4] It is under the pastoral responsibility of Bishop Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Ríos. The church has been visited by two different popes: John Paul II in May 1988 and Francis in July 2015.[5]

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View of the cathedral during the visit of Pope Francis in 2015


  1. ^ Chow, Gabriel. "Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Milagros". Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Caacupé: el santuario, la leyenda y la imagen de la patrona de Paraguay". (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Misa en el Santuario - Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Caacupé". Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ Brunn, Stanley D. (3 February 2015). The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics. Springer. ISBN 9789401793766.
  5. ^ Yardley, Jim (11 July 2015). "Francis Strikes a Chord With Critique of Capitalism". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 January 2022. {{cite news}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]