PH’s second saint, Pedro Calungsod, set to be canonized on October 21

Sun.Star Cebu reports that Pope Benedict XVI announced on Saturday, February 18, that Filipino Pedro Calungsod will be one of seven blessed or beatified persons to be canonized or recognized as saints on October 21, 2012 in Vatican City. Calungsod was beatified in 2000.


An report noted: "Calungsod was born in 1655 in what was then the Diocese of Cebu which covered the islands of Panay and Mindanao, as well as the Pacific island of Guam. A lay catechist, he died at 17 in Guam while trying to defend his fellow mission worker-a Jesuit priest who is now known as Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores-when natives attacked them on April 2, 1672."


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