Church: Pedro Calungsod not yet a saint

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- The Vatican has acknowledged a miracle that occurred through the intercession of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, but he is not a saint yet.

This was stressed by Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson, postulator or lawyer for the cause of canonization of Beato Pedro, on Wednesday.

With the promulgation of a decree by Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging that a miracle occurred through the intercession of Calungsod, a round of voting will be conducted among all the cardinals of the Catholic Church.


Each of them would receive a copy of the narration on the life of Blessed Calungsod, which has been prepared and is ready for distribution.

Leyson said he had prepared a dossier but copies of it would be sent to the cardinals by the office of the Pope in Vatican City in Rome, Italy.

A cardinal is a high ecclesiastical official of the Roman Catholic Church who ranks just below the Pope and is appointed by him as a member of the college of cardinals. There are 108 cardinals who are under 80 years of age and can take part in a conclave and elect a new Pope.


"Calungsod is not yet a saint. He becomes one only when the Pope announces the formula or script in Latin declaring somebody a saint," said Leyson.

The question on whether a cardinal is in favor of canonizing Calungsod, or including him in the list of saints, will be sent together with the dossier or libretto.

"The Pope, after declaring that there indeed was a miracle, (has to) get the assent of all the cardinals in the world," said Leyson.

In February 2012, the cardinals are expected to attend the consistory or gathering of cardinals that would be presided by the pope.

Leyson said there is a “99-percent” chance that the canonization will be declared next year.

The announcement of the canonization of the seven candidates, including Beato Pedro is traditionally done during good weather. This could be in springtime in Italy, between March and May, or in autumn, between September and November.


Leyson told reporters Wednesday that he is still unable to reveal the identity of the patient who was healed miraculously through the intercession of Calungsod.

"There will be an official text coming from the Vatican, written in Latin, that would be released. But until then, we should respect their privacy," he said, adding that he would translate the text to English and possibly Cebuano before making a public announcement.

Leyson said Archbishop Palma already met with him and Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal to discuss the preparations for the celebration of Beato Pedro's canonization after the groups of prelates approved the miracle.

"In my opinion, as postulator, the first activity should be the spiritual preparation of the people,” he said.

Pedro Calungsod was a teenager martyred in Guam in 1672 with the Spanish Jesuit priest Diego Luis de San Vitores.

The promulgation of the decree for his beatification was on January 27, 2000. But the actual liturgical rite, led by Pope John Paul II, was held on March 5, 2000.

A beato is venerated only in a certain locality, while a saint is recognized by Catholics all over the world. (BAP of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 22, 2011.

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