Catholic Philippines celebrates new saint

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An icon of Pedro Calungsod hangs from a stall at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Millions attended special Masses across the Catholic Philippines to celebrate the naming of the country’s second saint, a young missionary killed over 340 years ago. AP PHOTO/ALESSANDRA TARANTINO

MANILA, Philippines—Church bells pealed across the Catholic Philippines Sunday as millions attended special Masses to celebrate the naming of the country’s second saint, a young missionary killed over 340 years ago.

President Benigno Aquino declared Sunday a “national day of celebration” in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism and sent his vice president, Jejomar Binay, to lead a big congregation to the rites in the Vatican.

In the capital Manila people from all walks of life congregated at the Sto. Nño de Tondo parish to watch the ceremonies naming Pedro Calungsod as one of seven new saints in the Catholic faith.

“The canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod is a major and historic event for the Catholic Church and our predominantly Catholic nation,” Binay said in a statement from Rome.

“The event fills us with pride as Catholics, yet it calls on us to exercise humility and reflect on the supreme sacrifice made by Saint Calungsod in defence of his faith.”

Thousands from all walks of life holding small replicas of Calungsod, many of them teary-eyed, trooped to at least three different venues in Manila where the government had set up giant screens on which to show the solemn proceedings in Rome.

As Pope Benedict XVI read the names of the seven new saints, church bells across the Philippine rang out for a few minutes to welcome Calungsod’s sainthood.

“I am filled with joy. We now have two saints to intercede for our many problems,” said Nanang Linda Petra, a 54-year-old mother of 12, who took a day off from her work as a laundry woman to watch the ceremonies.

Leony Mercado, a 65-year-old retired engineer and a grandmother of five, openly wept as Calungsod’s name was called out.

“These are tears of joy. I cannot help but be overwhelmed,” she said, adding that when one of her children, a 35-year-old woman, died due to an aneurysm in January, prayers to Calungsod helped to ease her suffering.

“I have asked Saint Pedro Calungsod to help bring her to heaven,” she said, while clutching a small banner with a likeness of the saint.

Calungsod is only the second Filipino to become a saint, after Lorenzo Ruiz, a missionary who was killed in Japan in 1637 and canonised in 1987.

Six others were also canonized Sunday, including Kateri Tekakwitha, the first native American to become a saint.

Calungsod is the new patron saint for the youth, in recognition of his age – believed to be just 17 – when he was killed in Guam in 1672 while attempting to convert natives.

He qualified for sainthood last year after the Vatican officially recognized a 2003 “miracle” in which a 49-year-old Filipina woman declared dead from a heart attack was revived after a doctor prayed to Calungsod for help.

In 2011, the Vatican said the incident could not be explained scientifically, and Pope Benedict subsequently acknowledged the incident as a miracle by Calungsod.

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  • virgoyap

    O, St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us!!!     O, San Pedro Calungsod, iampo mo kami!!! 

    • tonyoks

      SPC: kung ako nga tinuluyan ng mga hinayupak, tinapon pa  sa dagat na may pabigat, kayo pa iampo ko…
      kayo na lang kaya ang magpatsimoy sa mga kastilaloy  na to…

      amen….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Tongoks, talaga nga yatang tongoks ka…
        kung sa inggit, nagpapa-busabos ka…
        hayaan mo na ‘yung mga gustong magpa-tsimoy sa kastilaloy.

    • UrHONOR

      SIYA nga mismo hindi nya naligtas sarili nya, IBA pa?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        After more than 300 years, televised siya…
        maraming pumupuri…maging mga banal na tao sa buong mundo
        kumikilala sa kaniya…
        I hope you realize that, Your Horror.

      • UrHONOR

        SISINGIT ka lang din naman, gawin mo namang RELEVANT yang kinakana mo para hindi halatang kagagaling mo lang sa MH.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Halata mo naman palang Mentally Healthy,
        eh, di dapat, vow ka lang, Your Horror…
        so you would see the relevance of my patutsada
        to your pagtutungayaws.

      • UrHONOR

        Whatever you’d like to believe,  DUNG!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Kundi MENTALLY HEALTHY…
        MORALLY HELPFUL, Your Horror.

      • UrHONOR

        MENTAL HANDICAP!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        MH from you to me
        you mean MY HERO…
        don’t be shy.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7US4SIEZOJLP4A3BQLYYDY6UWQ Kim

    huwag maniwala sa sabi sabi…basahin natin ang Bibliya para malaman ang katotohanan…

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      sige basahin mo ng literal.

    • UrHONOR

      Para maintindihan at hindi ka maloko sa lahat ng legal situations, basahin mo ang mga law books para malaman mo ang ktotohanan tungkol sa batas.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Sige, basahin mo raw literally…sabi no’ng nag-collapse
        na kumento..
        isa pa, Your Horror, .hindi ba nababanggit sa law books
        ang tungkol sa kawalan ng bisa ng hearsay?

      • UrHONOR

        Unti-unti mo ng natutumbok ang dapat na tumbukin….hearsay has no value.  Chismis, in other words.  Just like that book which many are willing to put their lives on the line as the word of god….its pure hearsay. Nothing to prove its authenticity and nothing to show of its existence, unlike dinosaurs where you have the bones to vet their once-upon-lives on earth.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Ang galing mo sa libro, Your Horror,
        tunay na isa kang Henyo, Pariseo, Eskriba…
        Kasama ka sa mga sumisigaw ng Crucify Him…Crucify Him?

      • UrHONOR

        Duming Itik Na Ginisa.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Pati dumi ng itik, iginigis mo?
        Dahil ba sa mga putak mo walang itlog?

      • UrHONOR

        TAMA!  Ako yong sumisigaw ng CRUCIFY HIM….. katitig at nakaturo ang daliri kay DUNG.

  • Banono

    The Bible teaches of a wonderful way of making saints and this is how it works:
     
    Believe in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ him being Lord and the Son of God and also repent of your sins.
     
    Right away you will become a saint, assured of an eternal life and God the Father ”canonizes” you right away.
     
    This is the Gospel or the Good News my beloved Filipinos and it is nothing short of amazing!
     
    Read and live the teachings of the Bible God-fearing people. God bless!

  • Pitbulldog

    Si P-noy kaya pwede maging saint?  Pwede, padaanin mo petition sa Lower House.  In 15 minutes, approved yan.  Magiging saint na agad yan – ng mga Mongols.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      Nope not that fast. dapat may tatlong milagro pa muna LOL.

      • T. Tinio

         si gloria, mike at mikey puwede maraming milagrong ginawa ang tatlong yan. UNHOLY FAMILY

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        over-qualified yata sila…dahil sa sobrang dami ng milagro nila..
        baka Santanas?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Hi, kuPIT BULLDOG…labas ka na naman, huh…
      ‘kala ko pinanindigan mo na’ng maging PULGAS…
       
      Hindi naman sa Lower House pino-process ang sainthood.
      Saka, may ‘saint’ ba ang mga lapis?

      Eh, kumusta na ‘yung ‘Santa’ mo na nasa leeg ang ‘halo’ ?

      • Pitbulldog

        He, he. Lumabas na naman ang garapatang si Ding. Long time no hear, engot. Idol na idol mo talaga ang santitang mongol, he he. Ungas…..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Haaay, mukhang nabawi mo na ang buntot mo, ha,
        hindi na nakabahag…talagang di na pulgas ang katawan…
        isip na lang…
        ayun, kita na yung idol mo, ayaw pagbayaran
        ang sangkatutak na inutang, naglagay na lang
        ng tanikala sa leeg.
        Kaya pala, galit ka sa mga santo, huh…
        dahil ang mga santo ayaw ng kuPITan,
        ke bulldog, ke pulgas.

      • Pitbulldog

        Pulgas en garapata, ganyan mga yellows like you. Looking backward kay Gloria. Gusto ko nang maniwala idol ni P-noy si Gloria he he. mga abnoy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Siya ba ‘yung sinasabing sa dami ng matutuling sasakyan, ang ginamit wheelchair
        para tumakas.

        May kasama bang canine, o pulgas lang?

  • quirinomayer

    The canonization of Filipinos is irrelevant to our moral life as a nation. There was no felt difference in our moral conduct since Lorenzo Ruiz was canonized and neither will the raising of Calungsod to a saint will have any. In fact, irony of ironies, some of those who went to witness the event will go TNT in Europe.  

    We could have a saint in every town and the Philippines will still be as sinful as it is. That’s because Catholicism has proven itself to be inutile when it comes to bringing about changes for the better in the moral conduct of people. 85 percent Catholic and one of the most corrupt countries in the world!!!!

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      do not blame the religion – esp the catholic – for all the miseries that our nation has been undergoing. your comment is totally not fair and baseless. i suspect you belong to another group of congregation only whose intention is to bash other group for your own personal gain.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      dahil ba sa nariyan ka pa? 

      Hindi ka naman siguro Katoliko, eh, kung naging Katoliko ka
      at tinulungan mo ang mga Katoliko, baka sakali, na-felt pa ang difference.

      • UrHONOR

        DAIG mo pa ang pundilyo sa karsunsilyo ni Mang Tebats…..wala kang pinatatawad na paskel na hindi mo napapakitaan ng kababawan ng pag-iisip mo!  
        Hindi ka ba nahihiya ng kahit na katiting kay Darna sa inaasal mong yan na para kang bata batuta na kapag hindi napapansin, e, ngumangawa?  Di bale sana kung may katuturan yang pinagsasabi mo, may natutunan ang iba sa iyo…pero puro ad hominem yang pinagkakana mong natutunghayan sa mga KSP.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Napakabastos mo!  Hangga’t may nakikita akong palpak
        sa mga comments dito, lagi mong makikita ang
        APPROPRIATE REACTIONS NI DING…
        HAGALPAK SA PALPAK ang tawag ko diyan.
        .kaya, I’m sorry, YOUR HORROR, hanggat pumuputak ka
        tuloy ako sa pagngawa…
        figures of speech, sa English,
        o KSP, Kinang Sa Pangungusap,
        ang isinasagot ko sa mga horrible kapalpakans mo.

        Hindi kailangan ni Ding si Darna.
        Kahit retarded na bata, maitatapat sa Your Horror.

      • UrHONOR

        HA….Ganun ba yon?  It’s all a matter of perception, Ding.  Heto ang maganda mong imbistigahan:  Quidquid recipitur, recipitur recipientis segundum modum recipientis recipitur.

        Unless you think you have the messiah complex, there is no need to address everything and anything YOU think should be in accordance to your standards.  Lingid sa iyong kaalaman ang ginagamit mong batayan ay sya na ring sukatan na ginagamit ng iba upang punaan ang laman ng iyong kaisipan.  Ang iniisip mong ginagawa mo sa iba ay siya ding ginagawa sa iyo ng iba ayon na din sa iyong kaisipan.  Very destructive process.

        At ano na namang “figures of speech” ang sinasabi mong KSP?  Ano yan, parang omo-order ka ng isang COKES o may ginagawa kang isang JOKES?

        Hindi ko kailangan ang katapat at hindi ako naghahanap ng katapat.  The essence is….magpalahad ka ng hanggang gusto mo at hayaan mong magpalahad ang iba ng hanggang sa gusto nila.  Avoid ad hominems which are abominable and counter-productive.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Wow, inta kuweis jiddan…helluwah!
        Min wein, hagakum
        inti fi muk, bas karban.

      • UrHONOR

        COONFIRMING your being a Mental Handicap.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        ‘huwag kang magkakaila…
        ang una mong kahulugan ng MH
        sa akin ay…MY HERO…for being
        MENTALLY HEALTHY AND
        MORALLY HELPFUL…’wag kang
        mahihiya…OK lang ‘yan.

    • UrHONOR

      WHAT is more disturbing about the psyche of these fairy tale avid followers is that they so believe everything that they hear from the damasos ad literam that if they commit a sinful act and they say, “am sorry” that in itself constitutes atonement and their dastardly deeds are nullified.  So, in man, if not all, income-generating agencies of the gov’t, you’d invariably see small altars in the head’s office with all kinds of statues and with candles lighted the whole day to display how devoted they are to the “cause”.  Then, while the candles are flickering on the make-shift altar, under the drawers of the table of the devotee the grease money are a-wandering.  At the end of the day, the drawers could hardly be pulled open, as they are all awash with the grace$ benefited from the power of the altar.  And as the office gets closed for the day, smiling faces look up, like Pedro, and heave a big sigh of, “Praise the lord!”  SOME of these miracle locations are at the BIR, BC, LTO, DA, and DOH.  Not a second-hand info but a firsthand observation.

      Better changes in the moral conduct of the people as a consequence of the proliferation of the hand-made saints?  Not a chance. Not even among the so-called officers of the army of JC that are garbed in white does such event improve their moral conduct.  The more saints declared or minted, the more pedophilia are being committed. NONE so blind are those who refuse to see.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    Pedro Calungsod officially declared as Saint. Bless the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    MATAGAL NG PATAY YAN BAKIT GINUGOLO PA NILA”PATAHIMIKIN NA NINYO PATAY”DI NA YAN BABANGON PA”’

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Ikaw nga ang nanggugulo, eh…ginugulo mo ang mga buhay.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    DI NA KAYO NATUTO SINABI NA NGA SA INYO NI NORA AUNOR WALANG HIMALA TAYO GUMAGAWA NG HIMALA”’KAYA YUNG PATAY PATAHIMIKIN NA NINYO WAG NA NINYONG GAWAN NG HIMALA”

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      kung hindi mo naiintindihan ang paniniwala ng iba ay manahimik ka na lang. ang mga taong wlang respeto na katulad mo ay dapat itapon sa kalawakan dahil kung sa gubat ay pati ang mga hayop duon ay maririmarim sa yo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Sinabi rin nyang 3 taon walang Diyos…at naniwala ka naman.

      ‘Yung patay patahimikin na?  sabi mo?
      Kaya ang ginugulo mo ang mga buhay?

  • Jedi_Rayo

    Edgardo Mendoza, if one of your loved ones die and then St. Pedro tells me I can ask him to resurrect your loved one, I will decline his offer because you said that a dead person is dead. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      WAG KA NG MAG SALITA NG PAG KABUHAY PARA NAMATAY KANA AT NABUHAY ULIT PURO KAYO FAIRTALES MAHILIG KA SIGURO MANOOD NG TELENOVELA KAYA PURO FAIRTALE ANG NASA UTAK MO IWASAN ANG PAGIGING MANGMANG NALOLOKO KA NA NAPAG KAKAKITAAN NG MGA OBISPO TERORISTA

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Kanina ka pa salita nang salita ng terrorista, eh,
        mukhang ikaw itong nagkakalat ng lagim.

      • Jedi_Rayo

        Nakakatawa ka, Mr. Mendoza. Inaakusahan mo akong nanonood ng telenovela at  fairy tales kaya ako naniniwala sa mga Santo, pero sa isinulat no sa baba, you quoted Elsa, a fictional character played by Nora Aunor in a fictional story, Himala, to support your argument. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC6RGRA4KZAH4EKZ4ZA23GI5RY kiehm

      utusan pa daw ang SANTO KONO na buhayin..

      • Jedi_Rayo

        Hindi ko po inuutusan. Ang sabi ko, kung alukin nya ako na humiling sa kanya. Naintindihan mo po ba iyon?

  • Jedi_Rayo

    Quirinomayer, who decides whether to go inside the church or not? Is it not the people? Who decides to listen or ignore God’s Word, is it not the people? Who decides to change for the better, is it not the people? So why blame the Church if the people themselves refuse to change? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC6RGRA4KZAH4EKZ4ZA23GI5RY kiehm

      Bakit kayo nagpapatayo ng simbahan kung di niyo kailangan ng mananampalataya? 

      • Jedi_Rayo

        Kiehm, bilang hindi ka naman siguro marunong sumagot sa Ingles, tatagalugin ko na lang. Baka kasi hindi mo naintindihan ang isinulat ko sa taas dahil iba ang iyong naging komento. 

        Ang simbahan ay ipinatatayo ng mga pari dahil iniingatan nila ang mga sumasamba sa Diyos. Hindi naman nila siguro gugustuhing mabasa ng ulan o mainitan ng araw ang mga nagsisimba, di ba? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LY2B6FRILBKCZQJIOXQ7QG4CKU Joe

    “I am filled with joy. We now have two saints to intercede for our many problems, said Nanang Linda Petra, a 54-year-old mother of 12, who took a day off from her work as a laundry woman to watch the ceremonies. ” ..what the???

    • Bulakenyo Ako

      the title “Saint” is given to a person who had done remarkable deeds concerning their faith to God during their lifetime. some of them even exchangedtheir very own life in the name of faith. if you aknowledge and respect the work of those national heros…what the??? …unless youre from a different group or just a self-confessed atheist.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC6RGRA4KZAH4EKZ4ZA23GI5RY kiehm

        Pareho lang yan ng paggawa ng Rebolto. Ginagawa mula sa kahoy pagkatapos bindesyonan ng pari nilolohoran.. Ang santos naman, pagkatapos i cannonize, uutusan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    REMIND LANG BISHOPS IS TALIBAN TERORIST IN THE PHILIPPINES”POLITICS

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Bwaaaah

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NAUUTO NA NAMAN ANG MGA MANG MANG BUMABALIK NA NAMANKAYO SA STONE AGE BISHOPS SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES ITS A TERORIST LATALIBAN BISHOPS”’

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Nanggagalaiti na naman ang mga kampon,
      na tila gustong maghudas sa tinubuang bayan.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC6RGRA4KZAH4EKZ4ZA23GI5RY kiehm

        kaninong pananapalataya ang catholico? Pilipino ba origin? sino ngayon ang nanghudas sa sariling bayan?

  • geminimind

    Sorry,it’s a funny thing sometimes,when you say Pedro it reminds me of my “thing”what you think?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      you mean your pedro is funny…how funny?  daig ng ibon?
      o takot sa kalapati?

  • UrHONOR

    KUNG yang litratong yan ang ipapakita sa mga kabataan para gayahin, darating ang panahon na ang magiging slogan ng tourism natin ay, “Ders mor bading in the pilipin”.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Your Horror…talagang horrible ka sa spelling…nilagyan mo na naman ng Ding…
      talagang paborito mo ang DING as in ‘Dignified Intelligence of Natural-Born
      Genius’, sa English,..sa Tagalog, Dagok sa Inutil Na Goggag’…salamat sa ibinoluntir mong BA as in Benigno Aquino, THE BEST. 

      Hindi lang spelling, pati grammar horrible…

      Mandadaya ka pa, huh, sino;ng mag-a-akalang German ‘yan.
      Itanong mo pa kay kuPITBULLDOG…kahit utak PULGAS ‘yon
      may bakas ng Aleman ‘yon…doon galing ang doberman.

      • UrHONOR

        KUNG dyan lulutang ng maganda ang barko mo, so be it.  You can take a horse to water but you can’t force the horse to drink.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        How about you, should I force you to drink?
        o, lasing ka na yata, eh.

      • UrHONOR

        HINDI mo ako kayang inumin, MH!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        MH?  My Hero?
        So, now, you accept…
        I’ll keep on saving you
        from all your blunders.

      • UrHONOR

        I don’t want you referring to me as your hero!  Namimili ako ng mga tumuturing sa akin na bayani nila.  

        Wala akong intention o interes man sa mga DUNG na Duming Itik Na Ginisa sa mantika ng kamangmangan at sibuyas ng pagpapakwela na wala namang latoy-latoy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        Ang galing ng recipe mo…
        tamang tama sa aking hilig…
        to ridciule devils.

  • UrHONOR

    MABENTANG-mabenta ang mga manyikang ala Mickey Mouse ni Pedro….masayang-masaya na naman ang kaban ng mayayaman!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/CC6RGRA4KZAH4EKZ4ZA23GI5RY kiehm

      Lagyan lang kandila at bulaklak, luhod na.. utos na.. 

      • UrHONOR

        KINIKILIG pa!

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