Filipino Catholics celebrate saint’s canonization

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OUR VERY OWN. The wooden sculpture of Pedro Calungsod by Felix “Kid” Baldemor of Paete, Laguna, is superimposed against the seal of the Holy Name of Jesus, which hangs in the room where St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, worked and guided his Order at the Gesu, in Rome. Calungsod will be canonized Sunday in the Vatican to become the second Filipino saint, after San Lorenzo Ruiz. Photo illustration is by Ricardo G. Velarde. EDWIN BACASMAS

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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  • Pablo316

    While the Roman Catholic Church has their own way of making somebody a saint, I would like to share the Bible’s amazing and very wonderful way of making a saint even out of the worst sinner there is.
     
    Here’s the best way to become a saint:
     
    BELIEVE IN THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND REPENT OF YOUR SINS.
     
    If you do, you will be:
     
    1. Saved from the eternal condemnation that is coming.
     
    2. Become a saint – a sinless and righteous person before the eyes of God, and that is right away when you believe, God Himself will confirm your sainthood and ‘canonize’ you.
     
    The above fact is what is called the true GOSPEL or the GOOD NEWS of the Lord Jesus Christ based on what the Bible says, as it is written:
     
    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
     
    If you don’t know this and you thought you are a Christian, then you have been duped and taught a false gospel and this is what the Bible says about it:
     
    “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)
     
    God bless and let us develop a deep respect of the written words of God – the Bible, read it, study it and live its pure and unadulterated teachings.
     
    God bless!

    • James

      To tell you frankly, you talk too much without understanding what sainthood means.

      The Church doesn’t say that the only saints are the ones declared. They are recognized as saints to be our model in doing the will of Christ. They are blessing and instruments of our Lord for us. Stop your self-exalting and “I know it all” words as if you have the perfect wisdom in all these.

      • Diepor

        Nobody knows the will of christ, or do you think the pope can read his mind.

      • Pablo316

        I was only sharing what the Bible says about getting right or being a saint before the eyes of God and RCC can do all they want.
         
        I am not even stopping them nor can they be stopped in their own way but the Truth of the Bible has to be shared for the salvation of everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    Let us pray to St. Calungsod to intercede for us and to protect the Filipino youth and the entire Filipino people by preventing the RH bill from being passed!!! Hope PNoy despite his good intentions for the country to be enlightened and to see that the RH bill will erase everything he is trying to do for this country. He can try to analyze the reason other than religious Senator Enrile has identified as his reason that he will never vote in favor of the RH bill which for me with due respect is pure common sense!!!  

    • Diepor

      I agree, if we help the poor with family planning we will all go to hell. Then they can choose to have only one or two kids and send them to school, and educated people sometimes think for themselfs and question the teaching of the church.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    thrust and believed only in the lord no one else.

  • Platypus09

    He gave up his life in the name of God, how can you not be proud of him?

    That is very seldom nowadays.

    He is one of a kind, being a heralded MARTYR.

    His sainthood is an honor and equates to a HERO in political / military life.

    Every Filipino should be proud of him for being that courageous.

    He is remarkable.

    San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. (I said, pray for us)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VFPFOEUIFDLDNLIN3U5SN52A5A Gelai

      The public should be informed that the killings of Pedro Calungsod and Sanvictores were due to the fact that they were landgrabbing Chamorro lands in the name of the Roman Catholic Church. Old Structures of the Catholic Church in Guam were erected on stolen properties and the Chamorro people were just protecting their inherent rights to the land.And to portray Pedro  Calungsod as a saint while at the same time portraying the Chamorros as criminals is not right. The matter should be opposed.

      • Platypus09

        Anyone can make up some other stories that would sound credible.

        How can they do land grabbing if they went in there as missionaries with no guns, or ammunitions?

        Missionaries go in to a place with nothing but the word of God.

        Nice try but his story of martyrdom sounds credible than yours.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VFPFOEUIFDLDNLIN3U5SN52A5A Gelai

    The public should be informed that the killings of Pedro Calungsod and Sanvictores were due to the fact that they were landgrabbing Chamorro lands in the name of the Roman Catholic Church. Old Structures of the Catholic Church in Guam were erected on stolen properties and the Chamorro people were just protecting their inherent rights to the land.And to portray Pedro  Calungsod as a saint while at the same time portraying the Chamorros as criminals is not right. The matter should be opposed.

    • Platypus09

      First of all, no one has the right to kill anyone.

      If this happened nowadays, these Cha-cha Moros (Muslims I guess) would have been prosecuted already like the Ampatuans and perhaps would be incarcerated or put to jail forever.

      If you are trying to exonerate killers for this inhumane act, then I don’t know how you can justify that.

      But he gave up his life for the Glory of God.

      How can he or anyone not be exalted for doing that?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VFPFOEUIFDLDNLIN3U5SN52A5A Gelai

        SPeaking of killings? Remember Rizal – our national hero – did you know that the Governor General who at the same time the Cardinal/Bishop assigned in Manila at that time ordered the killing of Rizal? How about Inquisition? Review your history and you will learn more of your Religion. And try to search further and open your eyes.

      • Platypus09

        Rizal is another hero.

        Two different stories at two different times.

        What is the big deal?

        The one who ordered the killing of Rizal was never exalted.

        Get it.

        I have had enough of these uncertified historians. I have no time going into these unnecessary details.

  • John_Galt_II

    May bago nanaman gagamitin sa propaganda ang mga damaso!
    Dapat damihan pa nila ang pag gawa ng santo para mas madaling mang uto.

    • Platypus09

      Let them enjoy their religious freedom.

      Who are you to tell them not to?

      Let them be happy for whatever feelings they have right now.

      That is their right, doesn’t it?

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

        hypocrite stupid CBCP bishops katoliban terrorist to pilipino nation”’

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

    MATAGAL NG PATAY YAN REBULTO NA NAMAN” CBCP BISHOPS PROPAGANDA TALIBAN TERRORIST IN PILIPINO NATION”

    • Platypus09

      I think you are a Taliban of yourself.

      Stop being a hypocrite.

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

        carnival tagle is hypocrite. meron din ako rebulto MADE IN CHINA”

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