Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Pedro Calungsod's Canonization Is Imminent

In one of her earliest films (perhaps 1988's Wake Up, Little Susie) child actress Aiza Seguerra's character finds herself inside a church. Upon seeing a statuette of Lorenzo Ruiz, the only Filipino saint to date, she says, "San Lorenzo Ruiz, sa 'yo 'ko nagdadasal. Kasi 'yung ibang santo, imported. Hindi nila 'ko maintindihan (St. Lorenzo Ruiz, it's you I pray to. That's because the rest of the saints are imported; they can't understand me)."

Almost a quarter of a century later, the Philippines will finally have its second saint.
Cebuano martyr closer to sainthood
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Catholic Church has recognized a miracle that should soon lead to the canonization of a second Filipino saint, Cebuano martyr Pedro Calungsod, the Vatican said Tuesday.

According to a report from the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI met last December 19 with Angelo Cardinal Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and approved the decree recognizing the miracle required to make Calungsod a saint.

Calungsod is set to be canonized with six others but the Vatican has yet to announce it.

Full story…

I've said this before and I'll say it again: Shape up, Wikipedia layout artists.

Trust me, that's not him.
[Screen grab from here.]

This may be the eight years of Jesuit brainwashing talking, but my favorite saint is St. Ignatius of Loyola, if only because of his cool back story: he used to be a soldier like you, then he took a cannonball in the leg.

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