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Fil-Am bishop joins Calungsod musical


First, he made history as the first Filipino to become bishop in the United States. Now, he scores another first—this time as the first Catholic bishop in America to perform in a theater musical.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

With canonization, ‘age of saints’ seen in Philippines


It may take decades for the Philippines to produce another saint, but some Filipino Catholic bishops are hopeful that the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod would spark an awareness of the call to holiness and “the age of saints” in the country.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

Calungsod’s sacrifice told in rap song


The life of a saint in a rap song.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Church bells ring out in martyr’s town


Even before sunrise, the sleepy town of Ginatilan was already buzzing with activities.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Filipino pilgrims join festive gathering at Vatican

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At least 5,000 Filipino pilgrims traveled to Rome for Calungsod’s canonization. Some Filipinos came from other countries like the United States. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY ROLAND F. CASTILLO

The weather was chilly but the Filipino pilgrims were already waiting outside the gates of St. Peter’s Square as early as 4 a.m. Sunday.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Pope: May Calungsod’s courage inspire Filipinos


The Philippines got its second saint Sunday with Pope Benedict XVI canonizing the 17th-century teen missionary Pedro Calungsod along with six other martyrs of the Catholic Church in a solemn ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Banner Story,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Philippines gets 2nd saint: teen martyr Calungsod

ST. CALUNGSOD  Pope Benedict XVI presides over a special Mass to name seven new saints in St Peter's square at Vatican on Sunday, October 21, 2012. The pontiff canonized Kateri Tekakwitha of the US, Jacques Berthieu of France, Maria Anna Cope of Germany, Pedro Calungsod from the Philippines, Maria Schaffer of Germany, Giovanni Battista Piamarta of Italy, Maria del Carmen of Spain At the top are two tapestries representing Pedro Calungsod, left, and Jacques Berthieu.   AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FAB

Pope Benedict XVI canonized the Philippines’ second saint on Sunday, giving one of the Church’s top honors to the 17th-century teen martyr Pedro Calungsod before throngs of Filipinos in St. Peter’s Square

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Europe,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Pope to name 7 new saints, seeks to revive faith

An icon of Pedro Calungsod, of the Philippines, hangs from a stall at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Calungsod will be declared a saint along with six others in a ceremony presided over by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Sunday. AP/Alessandra Tarantino

Pope Benedict XVI is adding seven more saints, including Pedro Calungsod, onto the roster of Catholic role models as he tries to rekindle the faith in places where it’s lagging.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Long wait is over’


Sunday, 340 years after giving up his life for God, Pedro Calungsod joins the saints, with Pope Benedict XVI raising him to the altar at canonization rites in Rome.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Features,Headlines,Philippines | Read More »

Binay leads PH delegation to Canonization rites

Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Senato Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and former first lady and senator Loi Ejercito Estrada will lead the 3,000-strong pilgrims from the Philippines who will be attending the canonization rites at St. Peter’s Basilica, said Henrietta de Villa, secretary-general of the church commission preparing for Pedro Calungsod’s sainthood.

Posted: October 20th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »



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