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4 cardinals, 54 bishops, 700 priests, 1M people

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CEBU CELEBRATION. A thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod in Cebu City draws an estimated one million people, including Church dignitaries and top government officials. At left, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and President Aquino hug briefly after the Mass held in a small chapel (right) at the reclaimed SRP area in Cebu City on Friday night. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS; LYN RILLON

President Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday led other government officials and more than a million devotees in a National Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod.

Posted: December 1st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

4,000 Filipino pilgrims, 2nd saint, 1 flag: Faith unequaled

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On Sunday the eyes of the Filipinos are turned toward Rome. A Filipino youth in the 17th century becomes just the second saint from this country that has been a Christian nation for almost half a millennium.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

‘What a wonderful gift to the youth of our land’

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What a wonderful gift to the youth of our land, at a time when our faith seeks to affirm the realities it believes in, in the face of the corrosion of unbelief which the spirit of the times (and its control of so much of media) surrounds us with, … what a wonderful gift to place before our eyes the figure of the 18-year-old Visayan youth, martyr of the faith! Pedro Calungsod lives: he inspires us not only as a hero from the past, but as one who stands before God to pray for our Filipino young people today. He speaks to today’s young people, who must face other times and other struggles, but who will find, like him, the final meanings of their lives in the faith they have been born to, and must now make truly their own, in obedience and love.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

TIMELINE: Pedro Calungsod

1654. Pedro Calungsod is born in the Visayas. Very little is known about Calungsod, but based on documents, these Philippine towns claim to be his probable birthplace: Ginatilan and Tuburan in Cebu; Loboc in Bohol, and Leon in Iloilo.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Records don’t pinpoint this Bisaya’s family roots

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Some accounts of Blessed Pedro Calungsod’s origins point to his Visayan lineage. But historians have difficulty confirming which part of the Visayas he truly came from in the absence of material proof.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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