Rebuttal of Issues raised by the Neo-Atheists against San Lorenzo, San Pedro Calungsod and The Roman Catholic Church
This is in response to one of the threads of this site [click here]. by Bro. Thomas Sarcosese regarding the harsh comments coming from neo-atheists. I edited the content in order for the readers to understand more the point of the contributor and to avoid misunderstanding on the content he shared to me.
Here is his post: [note: the red-colored font belongs to the accusers and the black belongs to Bro. Thomas]
Galit sila sa RCC dahil sa Spain?? LOL Nag mumura pa.. ano ang kinalaman ng RCC sa Spain??
RCC=Pope Spain=King…Sa pamumuno palang iba na LOL Secular at Religious pag dudugtungin pa nila..Sira ulong tasyo..
Ito pa San Lorenzo and San Pedro both Altar boys/Sakristan alalay at Slave??…LOL Walang alam naman pala sila eh maninira pa may pa source2x pa nalalaman yun pala ibang istorya ang palalabasin..
San Lorenzo=Kriminal raw kaya tumakas papuntang japan?? Ano? talo pa ang taong naka-Time travel.. di po ba?? alam na alam pala nila ang Istorya eh. Accused lang naman si San Lorenzo at hindi naman condemned..
As if itong mga Neo-Atheists akala ko matalino..
Ito pa San Pedro=”Kawawang bata Child Slave at pinauto tumolong pa sa massacre ng mga Chamooros”?
Lol! Hay nako Oo Paanong magiging Child Slave si San Pedro eh sya ang nag Volunteer sa Mission at hindi sya pinilit or pwersahang sinama ng pari. Duh! Ditches ang duduwag naman ng mga Neo-Atheists.. Massacre sa mga Chamooros?? LOL Baka sabihin nila Baliktad ang nangyari sila ang na-Massacre ng mga Chamooros hindi sila ang nangmamassacre..
Ito pa “Sa halip na mag bigay ng payapa delubyo pa they bring Plague and Diseases that kills the Babies good thinking from Choco”..
LOL Pinuri pa si Choco sabagay pareho naman mga utak nila parehas naman sa kay Choco eh ang sarap batukan..
“That is Very nice decision from Matapang to defend his Tribe from invading Spaniards, poor Pedro pauto ka kasi eh”..
Pinuri pa si Matapang?? Well wala kayong karapatan na purihin si Matapang dahil ayaw ni Matapang ng mga Duwag na kagaya nyong mga Neo-Atheists..
Alam nyu naman yung case ni Hirao diba?? yun kung alam nyu..
“The Face of Pedro=From a Basketball Player???” LOL Ron-ron Tubid will LOLED the Idiocracy of Neo-Atheists. Ronald Tubid-Calungsod is Just an Urban Myth. no wonder ang mga matalinong Neo Atheists naniniwala pa sa mga kwentong barbero ni-hindi naging model si Ron-ron Tubid.. alam nyu ba ang salitang Coincidence?? mahilig kayo gumamit ng term na yan pag may ma-record na himala..
1. Printing primers – na wala namang nakakaalam kung tama ang ilalagay dahil wala naman record si Pedro, ang alam lang Visaya sya. Kaya nga maraming umaangkin na probinsya.
Who cares just a accusations daming alam ah..Walang records si San Pedro?? Well nasa Visayas siya nakalocate .. Problem on that?? Kasalanan ba na sa Time na yun wala pang gaanong Records dahil sa sobrang tagal na nun..Baka nasunog or nasira na nung nagdaang gyera..Wala kayong breeding eh..
2. New Vestments – WTF kailangan nyo pa ng bagong vest? Habang andaming nagugutom sa Cebu?
Habang andaming nagugutom sa Cebu? aba! nag mumura pa oh LOL mura lang naman ang Vestment eh kung ibenta yan hindi enough makakabili ng House and Lot..LOL Maraming Nagugutom sa Cebu..well andito ako sa Cebu ngayon Busog na Busog ako hindi naman ako mayaman at hindi ako gutom..Alam ko Tamad lang ang Nagugutom..
3. Templete – maliit na templo. Eh kung sa Housing project nyo na lang dalhin yan? I am sure mas matutuwa si Jesus.
Eh ano ang Problema jan eh kayo ang nag sabi na Maliit na Templo eh baka Chapel hindi naman aabot sa higit billion ang gastos nun isa pa ang mga lupa donated yun gaya yung sa Toledo kusang dinonate ang lupa at ang may-ari ang nag shoulder ng mga Gastos..LOL see wala pala kayong breeding eh..
“Eh kung sa Housing project nyo na lang dalhin yan? I am sure mas matutuwa si Jesus”
Gobyerno ang bahala sa Housing Projects mga walang breeding talaga. Sabihin nyo sa kabaro nyong si PNOY na gawin nya yan. Huwag isisi dito sa amin..
4. Pamasahe ng mga archbishops/bishops at pari.
Well personal na pera nila ang ginamit at hindi Pera mo dahil wala ka namang naiambag eh, wala talaga kayong breeding..
Nice hairstyle btw, Pete. So 1990s=Yes Nice talaga Pogi yang si San Pedro siguro kayo mukha ng puwet ng demonyo…
(-Thomas Sarcosese O.A.R.-)
I’m sorry that I got late in answering the blogpost of Mr. Jokingonlee [his post],. I first replied to one of his posts concerning the conversion of Charice Pempengco to the Catholic faith[ click here] and as I checked his blog, I accidentally saw another reply from him regarding the post I entitled “I get it” [click here]. So as a response, let me just reiterate to him points to ponder regarding my general statements about their members. See how he chose only the points of which he fits his standard .
[On the tiara issue. Did the INC placed its point on the tiara or the title?]
yes, as what I posted in this blog, I pointed out the pasugo article of which the writer points out the tiara as one of the examples of how the pope is the 666, are you not aware about the debate between Mr. Karl Keating and Mr. Ventilacion in the 80’s?
this part of the video illustrates how mr. Keating exposed the ignorance of the INC members concerning the tiara issue.
[As you may well know the Catholics authorities have a knack of CONCEALING and TRANSFERRING pedophile priest.]
what is the connection of the paedophile priests regarding the 666 mania? I am deeply worried as on how your intellectual capacity is ruined through the brainwashing techniques of your ministers. Let me remind you that not all priests are paedophiples. I would like also to correct the issue concerning the transferring of paedophile priests. We all know the reason as on why some priests were transferred to other diocese. One big reason is that they are still under investigation, once a priest was accused of pedophilia, they were given the chance to transfer the priest as to make the investigation vivid and without bias. The investigating team from the court and the diocese are autonomous but with connivance as to gather evidences as to whether the suspect should be damned to the jail or not. Once the trial is done and the judge announces that the suspect is convicted with paedophilia, the diocese shall call on the accused and must present him to the court for the final verdict and eventually his road to jail. You should study about that.
They even DENIED the document of the DONATION OF CONSTANTINE which mentions the disputed title. However it is now DENIED, It points clearly to the FACT that your authorities BENEFITTED from that DOCUMENT.]
the donation of constantine according from the historians is a FORGED DOCUMENT in order to give favor to the Church and the church never accepted that document to be valid since it cannot be found the archives of the vatican. the carbon dating of the document was questionable because it was dated to be written in the 8th century while Constantine lived in the 3rd century. According to Heinrich Friedrich Karl Freiherr vom Stein in his book “Monumenta Germaniae Historica”,
” the Donation was widely accepted as authentic, although the Emperor Otto III did possibly raise suspicions of the document “in letters of gold” as a forgery, in making a gift to the See of Rome”.
source: click here
[on your second point. “Mr. Manalo’s disappointment of those freak pastors of their church.” Well, who wouldn’t be disappointed for freak pastors as you say. Thats why they are expelled.]
there were many cases that your ministers> I don’t know if you have read this one but I never heard them expelled in your ministry. [click here]
[You said “note: i did not see any records that they were expelled, there were even many INC members who committed crimes left to be INC until now. “
Well, it is not for public information dearest. It is being announced in an INC congregation not with any other church like yours dear. I’m sure you have heard of ex ministers who went to the fold of ADD. Whether you believe it or not dear it doesn’t mean we don’t do it. Or prove anything to you.]
again, those who transferred were not abusive in their deeds, most of them are good servants of your church, they transferred to the ADD because of their opinion regarding the true faith that can be found in the Eli Soriano’s fold. There’s no issue with the conversion of them to the faith invented by Soriano but the point is the non-expulsion of your ministers even if they are allegedly accused of doing inhumane actions.
[It is not something we should be showing off as you would like us to do. We are not like your priest who threaten their own brethren publicly of excommunication in leading dailies. Like your brethren Noynoy. Just to prove something.]
you make me laugh with your statements. are you saying that the church had threatened him to be excommunicated? what I read in the newspapers is that, PNOY is only SUBJECTED to EXCOMMUNICATION if he still maintains his liberal point of view, it is different from PNOY is THREATENED of EXCOMMUNICATION. you have understand the terms used before stating your wanderings regarding the statements of the bishops and priests concerning PNoy’s stand concerning contraception.
here is a classical example from GMA NEWS report]
source: click here
[Sorry dearest but the INC is not like that.]
your church is like that, don’t you see how they turn out to be hypocrites once refuted?
[Come again dear “Proving their last resort every time they could not explain their faith:”
I believe that would be your faith. I had the pleasure of talking with many catholics like you and not one of you can point out WHERE in the BIBLE is the teaching of 3 persons in one god?]
actually there is a good place to start that kind of discussion. We can start from the simplest context in the Genesis concerning the existence of the holy Trinity in the Bible. Btw, I find it funny that you are stating doctrines that you consider to be unbiblical in your church while I was only generalizing my statements regarding the funny acts of your brethren in here.
[After all, a lot of catholics are indeed proud that the catholics translated the bible they would. So how come it is not that easy for a catholic to point to a verse in the bible that teaches about this?
Now i get it. Catholics simply don’t know. They don’t know that they are being fooled by their mentors.]
funny, because the Catholic Church really have the guts to compile, translate and propagate the Bible, are you not aware why your church cannot provide early Church documents and were not able to state antique evidences that it is connected to the Early Church? what your ministers can do is to cut and paste ideas from other churches. In addition, the fact is that you do not have any Manalo’s version of the Bible. did you ever noticed that? tell me.
Isang halimbawa ng Batingaw na naganap sa Laguna sa kasagsagan ng canonization ni San Pedro Calungsod
I got busy lately when someone from the Iglesia ni Cristo Commented [eto ang source] in one of my posts regarding Charice Pempengco. I had the reply but it’s quick due to busy schedules. But anyway as to answer his/her article, please allow me first to post my reply to his/her comment that I posted
my updated reply:
[Excuse me dear the INC are not fanatics. ]
I did not say that INCs are fanatics.
[We are all human like you.]
I did not even say that you are not human,
[We never said we are perfect.]
I never said you are perfect.
[the teachings of Christ and Apostles may be perfect but we as their followers are not. That is why we need salvation.]
so salvation comes from ???
[We are indeed saddened for the experiences Charice and her mother underwent from a person who should have been their defender. Who wouldn’t. That is why the INC leadership would not hesitate to expel the evil brethrens who do not abide by the teachings in the bible.]
her father remained to be an INC member until his death.
Yes, we do clean our own dearest. But for some they took refuge in other faiths instead of trusting their leaders to help or guide them. Thats their decision. Its not that surprising. The INC leadership can only extend their hand but they cannot force a brethren to take it if they won’t. Charice and her Mother probably found comfort from famous personalities of your faith.]
because they know the truthfulness if you are in the Catholic Fold. The INC members who were boasting in the online world about their church were silence about Ms. Charice’s situation. Remember how her mother became a battered wife which is very saddenning and hilarious. This situation only shows that not all the time, that when a former non-INC becomes part of your fold, imperfections always exist in your church.
[And it wouldn’t be surprising their awe in meeting such influential and famous people who have extended their hand. Its not surprising if they decided to switch to your faith. it happens. People can easily be taken by such earthly glitters.]
actually, the reason why I exposed the life and conversion of Charice to the Catholic faith is only to tell to the people, that INC do not have solid unity amongst themselves. The attitude of her father and their conversion to the Catholic faith only shows also that conversion to the Catholic Faith is always visible in our country even if nominal Catholics also shift faith to other denominations/religion.
[As you can see the decision to convert was not borne out of FAITH but out of a VERY BAD EXPERIENCE. Not out of BELIEF but of VIOLENCE that has haunted them.]
actually, when I watched one of the episodes of SAKSI [when it was still in the early Primetime slot] regarding her conversion, she was actually excited and dreamed of to convert to the Catholic Faith after her mothers reversion. So when Charice with her brother were asked if they’re willing to convert, they answered affirmatively and with sincerity.
here is the video:
[Do remember that their are countless catholic wives who are being subjected to violence to the same magnitude if not greater. What have you done to prevent it?]
the Catholic Church provided Family and Life Apostolate for the victims of abuses from either husband, wife or children, they were given seminars, comfort and and husband-wife-children care programs that helped many couple to sustain and maintain their status and continue the sweetness of their relationship. But this is not popular because the church doesn’t need to publicize this kind of program because BECs [basic Ecclesial Communities] are there to advertise the programs of the church.
[You said “your predecessors started it all up by putting mud to the Catholic Church” referring to the papal tiara. We do not adhere to the Adventist point dear. We merely pointed what they knew. Remember however your mentors deny it.]
Your INC predecessors copied the accusation from the Seventh Day Adventists. They were the one who scandalized that issue in order to gain popularity during their glory years. That kind of accusation were formulated by them thru the leadership of Ellen White of which the modern day SDA theologians denied the claims already. However, since Mr. Manalo became once a member of the SDA, he inherited and learned those ideas and later on propagated also the issue as to contest the Catholic Church.
[It is a fact written also in the Donation of Constatine. Although this document is already being DENIED by your mentors. It was CLEARLY USED by your church and based on history the Cahtolic church BENEFITED from this document.
“The earliest known instance of the phrase Vicarius Filii Dei is in the Donation of Constantine, now dated between the eighth and the ninth centuries AD.” source wikipedia
So it is not exactly mud that was being thrown at you dear but FACTs written by your mentors then. But later DENIED. The said document was made IN FAVOUR of your POPES and of the Roman Catholic Church.
So please don’t blame us for that.]
VFD is a clear lie. the Donation of Constantine was verified to be a hoax created by the people who wanted a favor to the church. It is surprising that you still believe on a hoax. many Catholic bloggers also posted the pictures of the Tiara but until now, your cohorts were not able to provide proofs in your claim about the 666 dilemma. I am not going to blame you in person, but I can blame this to your leader.
please provide that this kind of inscription can be found in the tiara:
because this is the actual Tiara that the pope used:
[Regarding what you said “she sees brighter life as a Catholic than being an INC”. Well, that would be your personal opinion as you see something based on what you see now. You feel honored by a person of her status converting to your faith which is not surprising. But do consider those who were ABUSED by your PRIESTs and the MANY CATHOLICs being subjected to VIOLENCE by your fellow catholics.]
There were also abuses inside the INC, the only reason why the abuses of some priests became viral in the media world was because of Secularism. We all know that the Catholic Church is the most well-known Church as to compare from other Christian denominations in the world today. Even your church is nothing as to compare the splendor that the church have for so long. It was not also who claimed that she sees brighter life but it was her who said that she’s happy that she is one in faith now with her mother. So it is not my problem anymore sir.
[This is in no way mud slinging but a wake call.
A fellow INC of mine was likewise subjected to such VIOLENCE including her mother. If Charice and her mom were subject to a hammer. They were subjected to a bolo in their necks. As a friend I could not help but want to kick her husbands ass but a sober mind calls for another way and that is to take him to our church elders.]
so, it would be illogical to use the abuses of some priests just in order to justify your accusation against the Catholic Church. It would be unfair for us that Catholics will shut down exposing the abuses of your brethren while in your side, you are happy attacking the Catholic faith.Think about it.
[Violent characters of people whether in my faith or yours is not condoned by the teachings of Christ or the Apostles. The INC follows the teaching of the apostle to EXPEL THE EVIL BRETHREN.]
I cannot tell that because the father of Charice remained to be a member of INC even if how many times he did so many bad things to his family.
[I regret to say that it is not being done by your faith. Take a good look at what your mentors did when their fellow priests were found to be PEDOPHILEs. Instead of expelling them they TRANSFERRED them to another parishes where the ABUSES CONTINUED.]
see? you are ok with the attacks to the mistakes of Catholic Clergies while it is not ok for us to expose the imperfection of your people claiming to be the only saved individuals in the end times? that’s foolishness
[And your church PAID for the CRIMINAL ACTs to the point of bankruptcy.]
it is not just the Catholic Church suffers bankruptcy, i guess, your church do also suffer it too, though not in particular about sex maniac ministers, but all about the in-activeness of the people to contribute in your abuluyan.
[Is this mud? or is this the TRUTH? well, judge for yourself. It is recorded in the COURT RECORDs of the US. My aunt whose a devout catholic in LA was so embarass when she knew the priest who officiated her marriage was convicted of rape and child molestation. She’s still a catholic but non practicing one which is not surprising]
funny, how do we call a sad truth? is it not a mud? tell me, when there were cases of bad priests in the Catholic fold, it is not that big as to compare to other churches who also suffer those kind of scenarios. See? it is ok for you to pinpoint individual mistakes of Catholics while for Catholics pinpointing the mistakes of INC members and ministers is not ok? where’s the balance there.
[Lastly, I agree we cannot force Charice if thats what she believed in. But what did she BELIEVED in? Did your mentors indoctrinated her prior to that ceremony? Guess not, you obviously didn’t point that out in your post, which should have been more important than the ceremony
She converted as you say due to violence she had experience not out of belief in your faith. And that is what I understand in your post.]
excuse me, before a non-Catholic teen/adult converts to the Catholic Church, they are given seminars in preparation to the RCIA [Roman Catholic Initiation for Adults]. The church never directly converts a certain non-catholic adult to become Catholic not unless they are given proper education to the faith they wanted to be with. That’s why most former non-catholics who became Catholics later on become Apologists of the Church. Like Stephen Ray, Atty. Marwil Llasos, Patrick Madrid etc etc who became the inspiration of non-catholics to convert themselves to the true Church made by Christ. You have to learn about it because it seems you forgot to analyze and you are underrating the system of the RCIA.
Life, Beatification and Canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod
Saint Pedro Calungsod also known as Pedro Calonsor (born: 1654 – died: 2 April 1672) was a young Roman Catholic Filipino saint, migrant, sacristan and missionary catechist, who along with Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom in Guam for their missionary work in 1672.
While in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing infants, children and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered. Through Calungsod and San Vitores‘ missionary efforts, many native Chamorros converted to Roman Catholicism.
Calungsod (spelled Calonsor in Spanish records) was born ca. 1654. Historical records never mentioned his exact place of origin and merely identified him as “Pedro Calonsor, El Visayo“. Historical research identifies Ginatilan in Cebu, Hinunangan and Hinundayan in Southern Leyte, and Molo district in Iloilo as probable places of origin. Loboc in Bohol also makes a claim. These locations were parts of the “Diocese of Cebu” during the time of Calungsod’s martyrdom.
Few details of his early life prior to missionary work and death are known. It is probable that he received basic education at a Jesuit boarding school, mastering the Catechism and learning to communicate in Spanish. He likely honed his skills in drawing, painting, singing, acting, and carpentry as these were necessary in missionary work. Calungsod would have been expected to have some aptitude in serving in the Tridentine Mass (now known as the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite).
Calungsod, then around 14, was among the exemplary young catechists chosen to accompany the Jesuits in their mission to the Ladrones Islands (Islas de los Ladrones or “Isles of Thieves”). In 1668, Calungsod travelled with Spanish Jesuit missionaries to these islands, renamed the Mariana Islands (Las Islas de Mariana) the year before in honour of both the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the Queen Regent of Spain, María Ana of Austria, who funded their voyage. Calungsod and San Vitores went to Guam to catechise the native Chamorros.
Missionary life was difficult as provisions did not arrive regularly, the jungles and terrain was difficult to traverse, and the islands were frequently devastated by typhoons. Despite all these, the mission persevered, and was able to convert a significant number of locals.
A Chinese named Choco, a criminal from Manila who was exiled in Guam began spreading rumours that the baptismal water used by missionaries was poisonous. As some sickly Chamorro infants who were baptized eventually died, many believed the story and held the missionaries responsible. Choco was readily supported by the macanjas (medicine men) and the urritaos (young males) who despised the missionaries.
In their search for a runaway companion named Esteban, Calungsod and San Vitores came to the village of Tumon, Guam on 2 April 1672. There they learnt that the wife of the village chief Matapang gave birth to a daughter, and they immediately went to baptise the child. Influenced by the calumnies of Choco, the chief strongly opposed; to give Mata’pang some time to calm down, the missionaries gathered the children and some adults of the village at the nearby shore and started chanting with them the tenets of the Catholic religion. They invited Mata’pang to join them, but he shouted back that he was angry with God and was fed up with Christian teachings.
Determined to kill the missionaries, Mata’pang went away and tried to enlist another villager, named Hirao, who was not a Christian. Hirao initially refused, mindful of the missionaries’ kindness towards the natives, but when Mata’pang branded him a coward, he became piqued and capitulated. Meanwhile, during that brief absence of Mata’pang from his hut, San Vitores and Calungsod baptised the baby girl, with the consent of her Christian mother.
When Mata’pang learnt of his daughter’s baptism, he became even more furious. He violently hurled spears first at Pedro, who was able to dodge the spears. Witnesses claim that Calungsod could have escaped the attack, but did not want to leave San Vitores alone. Those who knew Calungsod personally meanwhile believed that he could have defeated the aggressors with weapons; San Vitores however banned his companions to carry arms. Calungsod was hit in the chest by a spear and he fell to the ground, then Hirao immediately charged towards him and finished him off with machete blow to the head. San Vitores absolved Calungsod before he too was killed.
Mata’pang took San Vitores’ crucifix and pounded it with a stone whilst blaspheming God. Both assassins then denuded the corpses of Calungsod and San Vitroes, tied large stones to their feet, brought them out to sea on their proas and threw them into the water.
A month after the martyrdom of San Vitores and Calungsod, a process for beatification was initiated but only for San Vitores. Political and religious turmoil, however, delayed and halted the process. When Hagåtña was preparing for its 20th anniversary as a diocese in 1981, the 1673 beatification cause of Padre Diego Luís de San Vitores was rediscovered in old manuscripts and revived until San Vitores was finally beatified on 6 October 1985. This gave recognition to Calungsod, paving the way for his own beatification.
In 1980, then-Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal asked permission from the Vatican to initiate the beatification and canonisation cause of Pedro Calungsod. In March 1997, the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the acta of the diocesan beatification process. That same year, Cardinal Vidal appointed Fr Ildebrando Leyson as vice-postulator for the cause, tasked with compiling a Positio Super Martyrio (position regarding the martyrdom) to be scrutinised by the Congregation. The positio, which relied heavily on the documentation of San Vitores’ beatification, was completed in 1999.
Wanting to include young Asian laypersons in his first beatification for the Jubilee Year 2000, John Paul II paid particular attention to the cause of Calungsod. In January 2000, he approved the decree super martyrio (concerning the martyrdom) of Calungsod, setting his beatification for 5 March 2000 at Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.
Regarding Calungsod’s charitable works and virtuous deeds, Pope John Paul II declared:
…From his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to his call. Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro, whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist. Leaving family and friends behind, Pedro willingly accepted the challenge put to him by Fr. Diego de San Vitores to join him on the Mission to the Chamorros. In a spirit of faith, marked by strong Eucharistic and Marian devotion, Pedro undertook the demanding work asked of him and bravely faced the many obstacles and difficulties he met. In the face of imminent danger, Pedro would not forsake Fr. Diego, but as a “good soldier of Christ” preferred to die at the missionary’s side.
Shortly before his scheduled canonisation, a Triduum of masses in honour of Calungsod were celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Augustine, the Church of the Gesù and the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major from 18-20 October. A wooden image of Calungsod approved by and flown in from the Archdiocese of Cebu was displayed for public veneration. Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales presided over the 20 October mass,while Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay led the Philippine delegation along with Ambassador to the Holy See, Mercedes Arrastia Tuason.
On 19 December 2011, the Holy See officially approved the miracle qualifying Calungsod for sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church. The recognised miracle dates from 26 March 2003, when a woman from Leyte who was pronounced clinically dead by accredited physicians two hours after a heart attack was revived when an attending physician invoked Calungsod’s intercession.
Cardinal Angelo Amato presided over the declaration ceremony on behalf of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He later revealed that Pope Benedict XVI approved and signed the official promulgation decrees recognising the miracles as authentic and worthy of belief. The College of Cardinals were then sent a dossier on the new saints, and they were asked to indicate their approval. On 18 February 2012, after the Consistory for the Creation of Cardinals, Cardinal Amato formally petitioned Pope Benedict XVI to announce the canonization of the new saints. The Pope set the date for the canonization on 21 October 2012 (World Mission Sunday), 340 years after Calungsod’s death.
On 21 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI canonized Calungsod in Saint Peter’s Square. The Pope donned a pearl-studded mitre and a cream pleated Papal fanon, a special vestment reserved only for the pontiff in the most solemn and rare liturgical occasions. Filipino Cardinal Ricardo Jamin Vidal concelebrated with Pope Benedict XVI at the official canonisation Mass for Calungsod while among the seven new saints canonised, Calungsod was the only one without a first class relic exposed for veneration since his body was thrown into the sea. The cutlass knife, a second-class relic used to hack Calungsod’s head and neck however was retrieved by Cardinal Ricardo Vidal from Guam. During the papal homily, Pope Benedict XVI maintained that Calungsod received the Sacrament of Absolution from Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores before his martyrdom and death.
After Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, Calungsod is the second Filipino to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Martyrology celebrates Calungsod’s feast along with Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores every 2 April.
Message of the pope during the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod to Sainthood.
“Pedro Calungsod was born around the year sixteen fifty-four, in the Visayas region of the Philippines. His love for Christ inspired him to train as a catechist with the Jesuit missionaries there. In sixteen sixty-eight, along with other young catechists, he accompanied Father Diego Luís de San Vitores to the Marianas Islands in order to evangelize the Chamorro people. Life there was hard and the missionaries also faced persecution arising from envy and slander. Pedro, however, displayed deep faith and charity and continued to catechize his many converts, giving witness to Christ by a life of purity and dedication to the Gospel. Uppermost was his desire to win souls for Christ, and this made him resolute in accepting martyrdom. He died on the second of April, sixteen seventy-two. Witnesses record that Pedro could have fled for safety but chose to stay at Father Diego’s side. The priest was able to give Pedro absolution before he himself was killed. May the example and courageous witness of Pedro Calungsod inspire the dear people of the Philippines to announce the Kingdom bravely and to win souls for God!”
Our very own Blessed Pedro Calungsod will be now called as a Saint this afternoon around 10 AM [4 PM, Philippine Time]. He is the second saint of the Philippines after Saint Lorenzo Ruiz. Let us offer our prayers for his canonization and please bear in mind that his example is needed in our generation today since many young Catholics in our country are suffering from lack of understanding about the Catholic Faith. Our new saint had taught “Doctrina Cristiana” to young natives in Guam and this example shall also be applied to us, young people in reeducating our brothers and sisters who had became skeptic and dissenting to our faith.
Please watch this MTV about our very own , Saint Pedro Calungsod