Church bells peal for San Pedro Calungsod’s canonization

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SAN PABLO City, Oct. 21, 2012—Church bells in all parishes of San Pablo diocese will be ringing to echo the joy of thanksgiving in time for San Pedro Calungsod’s canonization on Sunday.

San Pablo Bishop Leo M. Drona in a text instruction to all parish priests, pastors and religious in more than 80 Catholic parishes in Laguna said “as a sign of the diocese of San Pablo’s thanksgiving for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod, the bishop…is requesting that bells be rung at all churches in the diocese for at least three minutes on Sunday (October 21) at 4 p.m.”

According to wikipedia, Pedro Calungsod was born in 1654 and died on 2 April 1672. He 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 in Guam for their missionary work in 1672.

It added that, while in Guam, Calungsod preached Christianity to the Chamorro people through catechism, while baptizing both infants, children and adults at the risk and expense of being persecuted and eventually murdered. Through Calungsod and San Vitores‘ missionary efforts, many native Chamorros converted to Roman Catholicism. (Fr. Romy Ponte/CBCPNews)


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