GOOD NEWS – A Second Filipino Saint

Blessed Pedro Calungsod, beatified on March 5, 2000 by Pope John Paul II will be canonized in Rome during World Mission Sunday, on October 20, 2012 by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Pedro Calungsod was a young Roman Catholic Filipino migrant, sacristan and missionary catechist, who along with Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom on Guam for their missionary work in 1672.

Pedro Calungsod will be the second Filipino saint to be canonized. He was a young native of the Visayan region of the Philippines and as a young catechist, he joined the Spanish Jesuit missionaries from the Philippines to the Ladrones Islands in the Western Pacific in 1669 to evangelize the Chamorros. Through Calungsod and San Vitores’ missionary efforts, many native Chamorros converted to Roman Catholicism. However, both were killed by the natives on account of their Christian Faith.

Regarding Calungsod’s charitable works and virtuous deeds, Pope John Paul II declared in 2000:

“ …From his childhood, Pedro Calungsod declared himself unwaveringly for Christ and responded generously to his call. Young people today can draw encouragement and strength from the example of Pedro, whose love of Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist. Leaving family and friends behind, Pedro willingly accepted the challenge put to him by Fr. Diego de San Vitores to join him on the Mission to the Chamorros. In a spirit of faith, marked by strong Eucharistic and Marian devotion, Pedro undertook the demanding work asked of him and bravely faced the many obstacles and difficulties he met. In the face of imminent danger, Pedro would not forsake Fr. Diego, but as a “good soldier of Christ” preferred to die at the missionary’s side…..”



“……Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.” Mark 9:40-41