CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal wants pilgrims to pray to the seven blessed, including Beato Pedro Calungsod, who will be canonized in Rome on Sunday.
Vidal, who opened the cause for sainthood of Calungsod two decades ago, left last night to attend the triduum masses and other activities in Rome, Italy. Read the rest of this entry
By Atty. Pachico A. Seares
1. You have been the spirit and energy in the beatification and, soon, the canonization of Pedro Calungsod. You must be overjoyed by the success of your efforts in producing the country’s second saint, 25 years after Lorenzo Ruiz was elevated to sainthood. Is it true it was by chance that you started the work for Pedro Calungsod’s beatification?
It was by accident that I came to know about Calungsod. I was at the World Synod of Bishops in Rome when Guam Archbishop (Felixberto) Flores told me that if I’d attend the beatification of his candidate he’d give me a note on my own candidate. His candidate was Diego Luis de Sanvitores, the Jesuit priest who was executed with Calungsod, Fr. Sanvitores’s “sacristan” in Guam in 1672. After the mass in Rome, Archbishop Flores gave me a pamphlet about Calungsod, my “candidate.” (Read rest of this entry)