Officially declared as Saint!
Saint Pedro was officially declared a Saint, the life story of Pedro Calungsod was rather sketchy his family history, were he came from was all lost from the 1600’s, historians inferred he is a Visayan due to his family’s name. Was his real origin Visayan? As there were 3 Visayan languages back then, Cebuano, Hiligaynon and Waray, but regardless were he came from, it was what he did that made the name great and even gave a more profound meaning to the world martyrdom and friendship in the Philippines.
Saint Pedro Calungsod was just a boy when he was part of a Jesuit Mariana Mission in Guam in 1668 under the father Diego de San Vitores. Records show Saint Pedro was between the age of 14-15.
The Marianas was a very hostile place and has unfriendly residents as Typhoons are causing devastations to it as we’ll as because of its inhabitants who do not believe in Christ.
Rumours from Chinese Criminals?
There was rumours by Chinese criminals from Manila who told the local inhabitants of the island that the baptismal water was poisonous, and which will kill babies once these missionary’s baptise them.Saint Pedro was martyred when he was killed trying to save Father San Vitores from the spears of local chief men who first hurled spears at him, hitting him in the chest, he didn’t fight back as he was a missionary. He could have even left the Priest and saved him self but ended up being killed in the process.
This act was seen by the Catholic Church as “committed In Odium Fedei” ( In Hatred of the Faith ), referring to the religious persecution endured by this person, Saint Pedro was only 16 years old and finally after all these years he was finally made a Saint during the term of Pope John Paul the second. So in march of 2000 St Pedro Calungsod was beautified at the Saint Peter Square in Rome to the delight of both old and young Filipinos all over the world.
Let us come to know him together and be inspired by his holiness and authentic expression of friendship to his companions and love to God..