Pope canonized the 2nd Filipino Saint, Pedro Calungsod

After 25 years, another Filipino was elevated to the degree of sainthood. Filipino missionary, Blessed Pedro Calungsod who was martyred for his faith in Guam was officially canonized yesterday October 21, 2012 in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy. Officiated by no less than his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Calungsod along with other six Blesseds was officially accorded the honor to become part of the roster of Catholic Saints. He became the second Filipino to be given the stature of sainthood following the canonization of St. Lorenzo Ruiz in 1987.

Filipinos from different parts of the world celebrated the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod. It has become another source of inspiration and pride for our country that we now have 2 saints in the list of the Catholic Saints of the Church. Vice President Jejomar Binay was the one in-charged by President Benigno Aquino III to represent the Philippine Government in the canonization rites for Calungsod. Binay was joined with many other Filipino pilgrims who trooped to Rome to witness the official declaration of Calungsod’s sainthood.

“The canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod is a major and historic event for the Catholic Church and our predominantly Catholic nation,” – VP Binay said

Meanwhile, in his homily, Pope Benedict XVI said “May the example and courageous witness of Pedro Calungsod inspire the dear people of the Philippines to announce the Kingdom bravely and to win souls for God,”

The six other Blesseds who joined the list of Catholic Saints yesterday were Blessed Jacques Berthieu, a Jesuit missionary who was martyred Madagascar; Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamarta, the Italian priest who founded the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Blessed Maria Carmen Salles, a nun from Spain and foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Blessed Maria Anna Cope, a German nun and Sister of Saint Francis of Syracuse; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a companion of  Jesuit missionaries in Canada; and Blessed Anne Schaeffer, a laywoman and mystic from German.

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