Statement of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail F. Valte on the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod

On October 21, 2012, the Catholic world comes together as Pope Benedict XVI proclaims Blessed Pedro Calungsod as Saint of the Catholic Church. This is a day of great spiritual joy and national pride not only for Filipino Catholics, but for all those who call the Philippines their home, especially our countrymen in the Visayas and Mindanao.

A delegation of officials led by the Vice President and Secretary Rene Almendras will be present in St. Peter’s Square together with the senior prelates of the Philippine Catholic hierarchy and a multitude of pilgrims to witness the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod who has been described as a protomartyr.

Filipino Catholics well recall that it was under the reign of Pope John Paul II – a pontiff who held Filipinos very dear to his heart – and upon the initiation of His Eminence Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, that the beatification for Calungsod was initiated in 1994 and culminating in his beatification in 2000. In 12 short years, the canonical requirements for his canonization has been fulfilled. We join the Catholic world on this day of solemn commemoration and celebration.

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Updated Juky 15, 2019

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