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Saint Pedro Calungsod de Cebu

Published December 3rd, 2012

Saint Pedro Calungsod of Cebu (born: 1654 – died: 2 April 1672), also known as San Pedro Calungsod de Cebu or Pedro Calonsor, is a Roman Catholic young Filipino saint and was a 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 was formally beatified on 5 March 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Calungsod was officially canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on 21 October 2012.

On November 30, 2012, a thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod in Cebu City draws an estimated one million people, including Philippines President, 4 cardinals, 54 bishops and archbishops, some 700 priests from at least seven countries concelebrated the Mass held in a small temple built on the reclaimed South Road Properties.

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The Welcome

Devotees waving their hands as the image of St. Pedro Calungsod arrived at the site of the thanksgiving mass.

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The Welcome

Church workers carry the image of the Saint to the temporary chapel made for the thanksgiving mass.

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Chapel for Pedro

Chapel made for the thanksgiving mass for St. Pedro Calungsod

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take a shot

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The Cardinals and The President

4 cardinals, 54 bishops and archbishops, some 700 priests from at least seven countries and the President of the Philippines concelebrated the Mass held in a small temple built on the reclaimed South Road Properties in Cebu City.

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Thanksgiving Mass

Thanksgiving mass for St. Pedro Calungsod.

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Chapel

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a thousand choir

A thousand strong choir joint the thanksgiving mass.

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the finale

Fireworks display after the thanksgiving mass for St. Pedro Calungsod.

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EdwardYu
Edward Yu  over 4 years ago
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Nice write up on the occasion, maybe you can go part time as a journalist. Seriously, great write up and the pictures are beautiful. Congrats Rufo.

zapfino119
Rufo Taguiam  over 4 years ago
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hehe !! thanks for the comment.