Bishops’ celebration of Calungsod's canonization set November

THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the celebration of the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod in the country will be in November.

CBCP president Archbishop Jose Palma refused to detail the preparation noting that it will be announced later.

On Saturday, the Vatican announced the canonization of Calungsod will be conducted on October 21, 2012.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, confirmed the canonization of Calungsod and six others after a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

Catholic prelates applauded the scheduled canonization of Calungsod, the country’s second Filipino saint.

Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros said they are happy that our country will have a second Filipino saint.

“Both of them are laymen and martyrs. It shows that our lay persons can respond to the call to holiness. It also shows that we are brave to face even death for the sake of our faith,” he said.

For his part, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said the canonization of the second Filipino saint is a sign of the growing importance of the Church in the Philippines for the Universal Church.

“The fact that he like St. Lorenzo is a lay person shows the great importance of non-ordained faithful in the Church in Asia. The Filipino youth must read the signs of the times and the message of the Pope to them,” he said.

Calungsod was born in Visayas in 1654. The Filipino Catholic martyr was doing missionary work in Guam in 1672 when he was killed at age 18.

The Cebuano missionary will be proclaimed a saint more than a decade after he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2000.

San Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. (FP/Sunnex)

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