The Philippines will have its second saint in Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
Calungsod was a 17-year old Roman Catholic Filipino martyr who was killed while doing missionary work in Guam in 1672. He was beatified on March 5, 2000, by Pope John Paul II.
A skilled Sacristan and Catechist, he accompanied Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands to catechize the natives of Marianas island.
Calungsod’s religious persecution and Christian martyrdom is also called In Odium Fidei or In Hatred of the Faith.
Through their missionary efforts, many catechumens converted to the Roman Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Baptism.
Pope Benedict XVI recently approved the promulgation of decrees for the canonization of Calungsod, a young native of the Visayas region who was killed in the 16th century.
No date was announced yet by the Vatican for the canonization rites, which are traditionally held in St. Peter’s Square.
The Vatican’s website announced that Calungsod along with six others from Italy, France, Spain, Germany and America would be elevated to sainthood.
“This is the best Christmas gift, and we should reciprocate the gift by becoming like Pedro, selfless and faithful, devoted, generous, and a true friend.” said Msgr. Cristobal Garcia, chairman of the Commission on Worship of the Cebu Archdiocese.
The miracle attributed to Calungsod happened in 2003 when a woman pronounced clinically dead for two hours after heart surgery was brought back to life through Calungsod’s intercession.
Calungsod will receive the same honor as Saint Lorenzo Ruiz who was a declared saint in 1987.