Pope to be given statue of 2nd Filipino saint

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MANILA, Philippines – Pope Benedict XVI will receive a statue of Blessed Pedro Calungsod as thousands of Filipino pilgrims flock to Rome for his canonization on October 21, church officials said Friday.

Henrietta de Villa, secretary general of the National Commission on the Canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, said one of the three statues of the 17th century Filipino martyr to be taken to Rome from the Philippines would be given as a gift to the Holy Father.

“One image will be given to the Holy Father.… When (Calungsod) was beatified (in 2000), we also gave an image of Calungsod to (the late Pope John Paul II),” De Villa said.

Born in Visayas in 1654, Calungsod was doing missionary work in Guam in 1672 when he died a martyr at the age of 17.

The image to be given to the Holy Father is two feet tall and shows Calungsod holding a palm leaf and the Book of Christian Doctrines with his right foot forward.

“This was the idea of (retired) Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and priests. (They said) Pedro Calungsod should be presented as somebody who is dynamic,” said Fr. Marvin Mejia, assistant secretary general of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

“He is on the move because he is a missionary,” Mejia added.

De Villa said the second image of Calungsod would be given to the Pontificio Collegio Filippino—the school for Filipino priests in Rome—while the third statue will be used for the “Duaw Nasud” or the planned “pilgrimage of thanksgiving” around the country.

“The Holy Father will bless it. It would be brought back to the country for a pilgrimage of thanksgiving on Oct. 25,” De Villa said.

She said the pilgrim image would be brought to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila for an overnight vigil.

Meanwhile, Mejia said, thousands of overseas Filipino workers from across Italy were expected to descend on Rome for the canonization. There are at least 100,000 Filipinos working in Italy.

“This is really going to be a moment of great pride for us Filipinos,” Mejia said.

He said around 5,000 pilgrims from the Philippines would attend the event, including around 30 Filipino bishops led by retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Vidal, and CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma.

Mejia said government officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada would also be in Rome to attend the ceremony.

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  • Olibo

    I wonder how much money the Filipino Catholics paid The Vatican for canonization of this poor fellow Calungsod, who would never ever know he was used for this religious business.What a waste of money and time.

    • Robert Adrian Dizon

      I’m Catholic and didn’t pay anything for this. You and your protestant humor.

      • sanjuan683

        Only stupid kiss and pray to the statue made of cement and sand with mixing water. I called this pagant. Well I don’t care about you religion but your religion were full of hokus focus. Believe it dont close you eye wake up and slap you face. To see the truth.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/45YIBMNHBUP3CSS75JGQPK6V6Q Anamarija

        He he he galit ka ?

      • Olibo

        PDI news said, 60 million pesos is needed for the cost in PH excluding actual canonization rites in Rome. As of this writing 30 million was collected.One PH archbishop warns of overexpenditure for this beatification. What a waste for this idolatry and paganism. You will surely pay for this revelry even if you don’t give alms in the church, by increasing tuition fees in their Catholic schools.Good Luck!

  • Banono

    May I call the attention of some Roman Catholics who sincerely look for God and His Truth, do not be deceived into believing that paying any deference to a statue of any person (and even to the person itself) whatever is his or her perceived holiness or martyrdom will do you any good nor will it endear you before God, even being zealous for one particular religion, instead look for God in His written word – the Bible.

    The Truth of the Bible transcends any religious affinity; in fact it should only be the source, guide and authority for our worship and walk into godliness. So read and study the Bible and practice its teachings and always keep in mind the following admonitions regarding the Gospel and the Holy Scripture:

    “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8-9)

    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    God bless!

    • Platypus09

      Calling the attention of non-Catholics, there is no need to quote and follow the Old Testament verses all the time.

      Even Jesus during his time, He did not even have the Old Testament in his hand when he was evangelizing. He was just spreading the good news of salvation.

      That is what we need. By loving, sharing and caring for others, that is all we need to do.

      No mas.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Jesus Christ quoted from at least 24 books of the OT – he validated them. There is nothing OLD about the OT.  More accurately it is the Hebrew Testament.  In fact, the Book of Revelation will not make sense without it.

        Listen then to Jesus own words, or don’t, it is your choice:

        Matthew 5 (Jesus speaks)
        17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

      • Platypus09

        He is talking about the Ten Commandments, nothing else.

        Everybody knows that.

        If you are thinking of something else, that is you.

        Again, things like these are too broad and open to all sorts of interpretations, most are subjective. That is your choice to believe on what you want to believe in.

        That is why people should not be reading too much of these things and be mislead and confused, and get crazy.

        That has been a warning to us.

        Apparently, those who were NOT good practicing Catholics from the get go, they don’t know any better. They get confused, other non-catholic Christian person comes in, then boom, he switched religion.

        That is so sad. These former Catholics should help other Catholics understand the word of God and not asking them to leave the Catholic church.

        That is so wrong.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        1.  On the “Law”  

        Yes he is talking about the Ten Commandments -and-the “Law of Moses”. See what Jesus himself said….

        Mark 10
        “Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?””

        John 8
        “4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.”

        2.  You are right, that “former Catholics” should help “Catholics”.  But we cannot help those who refuse to even hear what Jesus or his followers taught us.

        Next time, a “former Catholic” does “this to you”, ask him to read:

        2 Timothy 2:24
        “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”

        I leave you with these words, that are not mine:

        1 Timothy 4
        “4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

      • jin2012

        The book of Timothy and Galatians are not OT, they are NT.  FYI.

  • Platypus09

    While the Catholics are celebrating, the jealous non-Catholic Filipinos are fuming.

    Why? Because of jealousy.

    If you believe in miracles, then these Saints MIGHT be your allies and friends.

    The problem, is some of the prodigal Filipino Catholics would end up back in Catholic churches when they are sick and desperate.

    Talking about big time hypocrites. But that is okey.

    They just need a little shhhmack sometimes.

    • Olibo

      Wake up friend, even the devils can make miracle.The following are some of the false teachings of Roman Catholic Church which are unbiblical: Worshipping idols or graven images, purgatory, mass for the dead, confession to a priest, celibacy or prohibition to marry, abstention to meat, allowing members to eat blood (dinuguan), canonization and many others. Research, read, google the bible and you will surely find the truth.Goodluck!

      • Platypus09

        Why should we research?

        We are comfortable with what we do at church and in doing our prayers.

        Why should we be biblical, verse by verse, especially in the Old Testament?

        Like I said below, Jesus did NOT use the Old Testament a whole lot. Did you read in the New Testament that He was carrying the book with Him everywhere He went?

        None.

        Most of the time, He just kept on saying love yourself and one another while He healed and cured them from diseases. He taught the new ways of repenting and how to follow God’s law.

        You know who followed the Old Testament? The Jews of Israel in their religion. And they were the ones who prosecuted and nailed
        Jesus on the cross because they were into the Old Testament. Jesus, as a a Jew himself, had his own way of teaching, totally different from what the his Jew church leaders were doing. They eventually became jealous of Jesus and became NEGATIVE to His way of evangelization.

        Jesus was so forgiving while the Jew church leaders such as Pharisees were so strict just like the unorthodox Christian beliefs and those I-create-my-own-Christian-church-because-I-memorize-the-Old-Testament church pastors.

        So I don’t think following the Old Testament to every word is the sole pathway to eternal life.

        Sorry.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Jesus Christ quoted from at least 24 books of the OT – he validated them. There is nothing OLD about the OT.  More accurately it is the Hebrew Testament.  In fact, the Book of Revelation will not make sense without it.

        Listen then to Jesus own words, or don’t, it is your choice:

        Matthew 5 (Jesus speaks)
        17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

      • Platypus09

        Do you know that these authors, who are declared saints by our church, like Matthew, Mark, etc were prophets and were actually not there with Jesus was alive evangelizing during His time? They wrote these books as they were enlightened by the Holy Spirit.

        The twelve apostles who started the Catholic church were there with Him. They continued what Jesus taught them. Again, St Peter, the apostle, is the very first Pope of the Catholic church.

        Go figure.

        You need to stop quoting these verses because people have too many different interpretations which could be subjective and misleading sometimes, and not all people are obliged to believe in your interpretation. Just keep them to yourself.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        Jesus is clear:  He commanded us to teach, not to keep these to ourselves. 

        Matthew 11
        “He who has ears, let him hear.”

        You read them yourself and interpret them yourself. Use your own Catholic bible.

        Matthew 28 (Jesus speaks)
        “18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””

        2 Timothy 3:16-17
        “16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

        Matthew 5 (Jesus speaks)
        “19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven….”

      • jin2012

        Just a simple question.
        If Jesus Christ, and the pope, and your parish priest was standing before you… whose words would you listen/follow if what they say to you do not agree with each other? 

      • Platypus09

        Reread it and correct what you think is not clear to you.

      • Petrus_Romanus

        You mentioned why “we should research” and the path to eternal life….well, it’s in the Bible:

        John 17 (Jesus speaks)
        “3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”

  • John_Galt_II

    Sayang tong jologs na to. Ginawang ” Boy Toy” ng kastilang damaso nadamay tuloy. Pati siya napatay.

    • Platypus09

      You are being rude and disrespectful.

  • Steven Zahl

    IDOLATRY is Alive and Well in PH.

    • Platypus09

      Wait a minute.

      Why is it a problem with you if it is NOT a problem with them?

      You are actually scaring them, perhaps HARASSING them, if you don’t know that.

      Whatever makes them happy, we should be happy as well.

      If you have things that you do which others might not like, they don’t criticize you for doing.

      Just be fair by leaving them alone. Whatever makes them happy.

  • geminimind

    The Bible and the Quran are not written by God but written by men.If it was by God,It should be perfect for everyone understand.

    • Olibo

      There are chosen ones or persons authorized by God to preach and write the pure gospel or words of God, they are the prophets and  the disciples of Lord Jesus. The bible is inspired by God. How can you know that what was written there is true? Well search for yourself, study, I’m sure you will find it authentic. Compare all religions like 7day adventist, Catholics, Iglesia and El Shaddai.  For Quran, consult the encyclopedia, it was established few hundred of years after Christianity. No comment. Good luck! 

    • jin2012

      The Bible has 2000 prophecies out of 2500 that have already been fulfilled.  Some of them in the last 100 years.  

      The Book of Isaiah was written in ~700BC.  The oldest copy mankind has is dated ~300-120BC thanks to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      Isaiah:9:6-7 [born as a human male]
      7:14 [born of a virgin]
      37:31 [from the House of Judah]
      11:1-10 [from the root and stump of Jesse]
      16:5 [from the House of David]
      9:1-2 [from Nazareth of Galilee]
      49:6, 42:1-6 [mission included the Gentiles]
      29:18, 35:5-6 [ministry included miraculous healings]
      61:1-2 [ministry would deliver spiritual captives]
      53:3 [despised and rejected by men]
      49:7 [hated without cause]

      So what are the mathematical odds of ALL that (and more) coming true at the right time and place in ONE man?

      NO MAN is capable of making 2000 prophecies come true across 6000 years.

      This is one reason why not just anyone can understand the Bible:

      Daniel 12 (God speaking to the prophet Daniel on the End Times)
      3 Those who are wise[a] will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

  • jin2012

    “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

    Tomorrow, my brother will go into the woods and select the best wood he can find.
    He will carve this into a statue of Pedro.  
    He will donate this to the Church.
    People will come, donate, bow down, kiss, venerate (=worship) and pray before this new statue.

    All from the Greek “New” Testament:

    2 Corinthians 6:16
    The temple of God has no common ground with idols, and that is what we are, the temple of the living God.

    1 John 5:21
    My little children, be on your guard against idols.

    1 Corinthians 10:14,20
    This is the reason, my dear brothers, why you must keep clear of idolatry … the sacrifices that they offer they offer to demons who are not God. 

    2 Corinthians 5:7
    We walk by faith, not by sight.

    John 4:23-24
    God is a spirit, and those worshiping him must worship in spirit and truth. 

    Galatians 5:20-21
    idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

  • geminimind

    Kingdom means consiousness.Salvation means self elevation.Jesus’ blood has nothing to do with your sins nor salvation(what is this,some kind of magic)?I have nothing against the Bible and the Quran.There are many links that were not written down and some were just made up by the high priests and the elderly men.Jesus dis-appeared when he was at the age of 13 and re-appeared when he was at the age 28.Where did he  go all those years,who are ascended masters?What is violet flame,threefold flame of love,wisdom and power,science of the spoken word,what are chackras,what is silver cord,who is Lord of the world,who is godess of mercy,who is lord and saviour,who is cosmic christ,what is the name of our Creator,what are names of his co-creators,what is twin flame and soul mates,what is re-embodiment or re-incarnation,what is karma etc,etc???? I can fully understand that we are not on the same page.The Bible and the Quran does not discuss any of the above mentioned.The what’s,the who’s,the where,the this.the that and the other are the missing links of the holy books that were written.Wisdom comes around when you know what Jesus know in the beginning.Peace be with us all.

    • jin2012

      Deuteronomy 29:29
      “”The secret things belong to the 5 thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, Jehovah thy God, am a jealous ùGod, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and to the fourth [generation] of them that hate me,LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.”

      John 17:3
      “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

      Isaiah 42:8
      “I am Yahweh יהוה [YHWH, JHWH, Jehovah, the LORD]. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images.”

      Exodus 20
      20 And God spoke all these words, saying, 2 I am Jehovah יהוה [YHWH, JHWH, Yahweh, the LORD] thy God, who have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth: 5 thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them; for I, Jehovah thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons to the third and to the fourth [generation] of them that hate me,

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