Filipino Catholics celebrate saint’s canonization
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MANILA, Philippines — Nearly a million Filipino Roman Catholics have gathered in central Cebu City to celebrate the canonization of the country’s second saint, 17th-century teen martyr Pedro Calungsod.
Devotees waved palm fronds, shouting “Viva San Pedro Calungsod” when Calungsod’s flower-decked wooden statue arrived Friday at a shrine built on a 27-hectare (67-acre) land.
Last month, Pope Benedict XVI canonized the teenager from central Philippines who joined Spanish Jesuit missionaries to Guam in 1668 to convert the native Chamorros. He was killed when the natives resisted.
Cardinal Ricardo Vidal urged the faithful to emulate Calungsod’s love for Christ and sacrifice for his fellow men.
Police say up to 900,000 people flocked to the open-air thanksgiving Mass. Among them was President Benigno Aquino III.
The Philippines is Asia’s largest predominantly Roman Catholic country.
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