MANILA, Sept. 8, 2012—The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is encouraging the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) to intensify teaching the life and faith of Blessed Pedro Calungsod among students.
CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said in an interview with Church-run Radyo Veritas that the young must be reminded of the freedom, responsibility and work towards a life of faith that was lived by Calungsod.
“That is expected to all member-schools of CEAP, meaning, all the values promoted by the Catholic Church should also be promoted by the institution. That we can wish, knowing that indeed the young saint who was martyred has too much to offer and has a wonderful message to the youth,” Palma said.
“Calungsod reminded the people of the importance of faith and even the importance of doing great sacrifices. Perhaps a young saint is a reminder that we too, are called to greatness,” he added.
Palma is hoping that Catholic schools will prioritize the teaching of Calungsod’s life and works so that students will learn about the soon-to-be 2nd Filipino saint and will be much promoted among the young.
Pedro Calungsod was martyred on April 2, 1672. He was beatified by the late Pope Blessed John Paul II on March 5, 2000.
He will be canonized in Rome this coming October 21by Pope Benedict XVI and will be the 2nd Filipino Saint following St. Lorenzo Ruiz in 1987. (Jandel Posion)