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New St. Pedro Calungsod to visit Bohol on Nov. 25 & 26

CEBU CITY – Here’s good news for all Boholanos for the opportunity to witness and welcome the new and second Filipino saint, San Pedro Calungsod, who is canonized by Pope Benedict VI in Rome on October 21, 2012.

 San Pedro Calungsod through his image will visit Tagbilaran City, Bohol on November 25, 2012, Sunday, as part of the “Duaw Nasud” for Visayas and Mindanao. His next stop as part of the Visayas swing will be in Talibon town on November 26, 2012.


 The message of his pilgrimage to spread the good news of God is based on the Detailed Schedule of Duaw-Nasud of the saint released by the secretariat of the Cebu Parish Pastoral Council obtained by this writer.

 St. Pedro Calungsod will take off through a helicopter as an option one from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on same day at about 8 AM and expected to arrive in Tagbilaran City two hours later. If not by a chopper, he will be on board on roll-on-roll-off boat as option no. 2 from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental via Toledo City and Cebu City prior to his arrival in Tagbilaran City, according to the schedule.

 And from Tagbilaran City, the statue of San Pedro Calungsod blessed by the Pope during his canonization will depart for Talibon town at about 9AM on November 26, 2012 and expected to arrive there two hours later.

 From Talibon he will sail to Cebu City on the next day (Nov. 27, 2012) and the next day (Nov. 28, 2012) he will be in this city in preparation for the big event --- the National Thanksgiving Mass on Nov. 30, 2012 to be held at the South Reclamation area in this city.

 The Duaw-Nasud for Visayas and Mindanao caravan for San Pedro Calungsod will start on this city to the town of Allen, Northern Samar on Nov. 11, 2012, then to Legaspi city to Matnog, Albay province the following day (Nov. 12). On Nov. 13, the saint will be in Catarman and Calbayog City and Catbaogan, all in Samar and in Palo, Leyte the following day (Nov. 14). After Palo town’s visit, the saint will be in Ormoc City, Leyte and in Maasin City and San ricardo, Southern Leyte on Nov. 15, 2012.

 In Mindanao swing, the saint will be in Surigao City on Nov. 16, 2012 and from here to Butuan City on Nov. 17, 2012 on the way to Cagayan de Oro City on November 18, 2012. His next stop as part of Mindanao itinerary will be in Iligan City and Pagadian City on Nov. 19, 2012; Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental on Nov. 20 and Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte on same day (Nov. 20, 2012); Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte on Nov, 21, 2012; Dumageute City, Negros Oriental and Kabankalan and Bacolod City, all of Negros Occidental on Nov. 22, 2012; Jaro, Iloilo on Nov. 23, 2012; and San Carlos City on Nov. 24, 2012.

According to the accounts, “Pedro Calungsod was a teenage lay Catholic Christian from the Visayas in the Philippines who serve(d) the Jesuit Missions in the Marianas as a catechist and helper from June 16, 16668 until his death on April 2, 1672. Like many catechists and helpers of the missionaries, he was the silent and humble minister who did his duty faithfully and had no historians to tell his deeds to future generations.”

 “His family is unknown. His background is unrecorded. His name appears only in the document on the martyrdom of Fr. Fiego Luis de San Vitores, S. J., the Spanish superior of the said Mariana Mission with whom he was killed. Pedro was the lone companion of Fr. Diego in the early morning of Saturday, April 2, 1672 at the village of Tomhom, on the island of Guam in the Marianas when two natives killed them one after the other ---- first Pedro Calungsod, then Fr. Diego ---- with spears and a blow of a cutlass and threw their bodies into the deep ocean for being Christians, for catechizing the Mariana natives and for administering the Sacrament of Baptism. Their bodies wee never to be found again. The documents state that Pedro could have defended both himself and Fr. Diego is only he were armed but he did not carry any weapon out of obedience to Fr. Diego, who prohibited it among his companions. The documents also point out that Pedro could have run for his life if he wanted to but he preferred to stay and die with Fr. Diego.”

 Fr. Diego was beatified on October 6, 1985 and 15 years later, Pedro was beatified on March 5, 2000 and was canonized to be a saint by Pope Benedict VI in Rome on October 21, 2012. (RVO)

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