The Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI has approved the canonization of seven candidates, including Blessed Pedro Calungsod of Cebu, to be a saint. The Vatican, however, has not yet scheduled the date of the canonization.
Calungsod was beatified on March 5, 2000, by the late Pope John Paul II, if canonized, will be the Philippines’ second saint.
“That’s a big development to the Philippine Church because we will have another saint aside from San Lorenzo Ruiz,” Monsignor Pedro Quitorio III, Media Office director of the CBCP, said in an interview. Quitorio said the canonization of Calungsod will serve as inspiration to the youth and catechists.
Pedro Calungsod was a young native of the Visayas region of the Philippines. Very little is known about him. He was just one of the boy catechists who went with some Spanish Jesuit missionaries from the Philippines to the Ladrones Islands in the western Pacific in 1668 to evangelize the Chamorros. At the age of 17, he engaged in missionary work in Guam, where he was killed.