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Vatican promulgates sainthood

Philippine laymen and six other martyrs named for canonization

Betty Perdon, Cebu City

Betty Perdon, Cebu City

Published: December 20, 2011 09:30 AM GMT

Updated: December 20, 2011 09:32 AM GMT

Vatican promulgates sainthood
Blessed Pedro Calungsod was beatified in 2000

The Vatican has announced the authentication of miracles attributed to Blessed Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines, though no date for canonization has been announced. Pope Benedict XVI “received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato SBD, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized the promulgation of decrees [for sainthood],” said a statement from the Vatican issued yesterday. Six other Catholic martyrs were also confirmed for sainthood during the audience. “Let us pray that the Holy Father will tell us when would be the canonization,” said Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of Cebu, chairman of the committee on preparations for Calungsod’s sainthood. Monsignor Ildebrando Leyson, vice-postulator for the cause of Calungsod’s canonization, said a copy of Blessed Calungsod’s biography would be sent to all Cardinals and their reply “would still be needed before the date of the canonization is announced by the pope.” Calungsod, a 17th-century Filipino lay catechist, would be the first Visayan saint and second Filipino saint in history following San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was canonized in Rome in 1988. He was martyred in Guam in 1672 with a Spanish Jesuit priest, now Saint Diego Luis de San Vitores, and was beatified in 2000 by Blessed John Paul.

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