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Archbishop assures Italy over illegals

Embassy told not to worry over influx for Calungsod canonization

  • ucanews.com reporter, Manila
  • Philippines
  • September 21, 2012
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Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, head of the Bishops’ Conference, has assured Italian officials that Filipino pilgrims heading to Rome next month for the canonization of their 17th-century compatriot Pedro Calungsod will not try to stay on illegally.

According to Italian immigration rules, Filipinos will be granted a two-week visa for the event which is due to last four or five days.

The remainder of their stay in Italy to honor the Catholic missionary would be spent on pilgrimage.

“We go there to celebrate the canonization and not take the opportunity to stay there because that’s not good,” said the archbishop who spoke to Italian officials at the embassy in Manila.

Filipinos rank 10th on the list of nationalities of illegal immigrants to Italy.

“We expect thousands of Filipinos to attend the canonization,” said Allen Alcedo of the Our Lady of the Philippines Congregation.

Calungsod, who was thought to have been from Cebu, will be canonized in Rome on October 21, having been beatified by John Paul II in March, 2000. He was doing missionary work in Guam in 1672 when he was killed aged 17 by a village chief.

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