The Apostolic Catholic Church (ACC) is an Independent Catholic church founded by John Florentine L. Teruel in 1992 in the Philippines. The church's goal is to mediate and unite the Western Rite or the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Rite or the Eastern Orthodox Church to form a single Catholic church. The Apostolic Catholic Church has been classified[by whom?] as an independent and autocephalous Catholic institution because it is not in communion with the Pope, although it follows Catholic teaching and theology, such as Marian devotions and the recitation of 15 decades of the Rosary. The church is currently headed by Patriarch John Florentine L. Teruel, and formerly with his mother, Maria Virginia Peñaflor Leonzon, who was considered as its matriarch and honorary foundress before her death in 2005. The church is based in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It has two main shrines: the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Sacrifice Valley and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rock in Quezon City.