On Sunday, October 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI leads the canonization ceremony at the Vatican. PedroCalungsod, a Filipino missionary and second Filipino Saint after St. Lorenzo Ruiz's canonization in 1987, will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI.
Calungsod was formally beatified on 5 March 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. On 18 February 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially announced that Calungsod will be canonised on 21 October 2012.
Pedro Calungsod was young missionary, who went to Guam to spread the good news of God. He has companion named Diego Luis de San Vitores.
During their missions, him and fellow missionaries know that their lives are in danger, when a Chinese quack, name Choco spread the bad news about the missionaries, saying that the baptismal water being used by themissionaries was poisonous. Soon after rumors had been spread out, some sickly Chamorro infants who were baptized and died, many believed the calumniator and eventually apostatized.
Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing both infants, children and adults. He was a brave young man, knowing that his life was at risk, Calungsod continued to visited villages to teaches them.
When the superior of the Mission found out that there was a newly born infant girl, they went tot he village ofTomhom in Guam. Mata'pang, father of the child refused to have his baby christened.
Matapang went away nd tried to enlist another villager, named Hirao, who was not a Christian. Hirao initially refused, mindful of the missionaries kindness towards the natives, but when Mata'pang branded him a coward, he became piqued and capitulated. Meanwhile, during that brief absence of Mata'pang from his hut, SanVitores and Calungsod baptised the baby girl, with the consent of her Christian mother.
When Matapang learned the baptism of his child, he became more furious. He violently hurled spears first at Pedro, who was able to dodge the spears. Calungsod who had the chance to escaped, chose to be at Vitoresside. And then, Calungsod was hit in the chest by a spears and he fell to the ground, hen Hirao immediately charged towards him and finished him off with machete blow to the head. San Vitores absolved Calungsodbefore he too was killed..
Vitores' crucifix was taken by Matapang and pounded it with a stone with blaspheming God. Padre Diego andPedro bodies, both tied with a large stone to their feet, were thrown into the deep sea. The two martyrs bodies disappeared and never to be found again.
Regarding Calungsod's charitable works and virtuous deeds, Pope John Paul II declared:
"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 andfriends 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."