Million Filipinos support Pedro Calungsod's canonization

According to reports, more than 5,000 Filipinos are attending the canonization rites for Blessed Pedro Calungsod at Vatican City this Sunday. Pilgrims will be led by some 200 priests, cardinals, bishops, and archbishops, said.

Many of them are from Visayas region that will flock at St. Peter's Square to witness the official declaration of Calungsod's sainthood.

On the other hand, million of Filipinos will going to witness canonization through live telecast of the event in the Philippines.

Simultaneous activities were already planned for the holy day tomorrow. According to, big event will be held at the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish in Manila from 2:30 pm to 7pm.

Organizer of the event in Manila are expecting more than 1,000 young people from all over the metro including the youth of the Archdiocese.

Other local celebration will take place in different venues such as in the diocese of Novaliches where a Calungsod Youth Day will be held.

In Makati City, the Federation of National Youth Organization (FNYO) will also celebrate their FNYO Day by celebrating the canonization of the soon-to-be saint Pedro.

In Cebu, the Commission on Youth of the Archdiocese and the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue, together with the City Government are inviting every Sugbuanon to watch “Barkada ni Pedro Live”, a live telecast of the canonization in Rome from 12 noon to 6:30 in the evening.

President Benigno Aquino III already expressed his support for the event and proud having another saint from the Philippines. Aquino will not be present in Vatican due to state visit at New Zealand.

Vice President Binay, currently in Rome will going to lead Philippines delegation at the rite.

Aside from Pedro Calungsod, Pope Benedict will also name six others saints this Sunday.

Calungsod is the second Filipino saint after San Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila.


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