BY THE NUMBERS
That’s the number of nuns, religious brothers and lay people who assisted during the national thanksgiving mass at the South Road Properties on Nov. 30, 2012. About 1.5 million communion wafers had to be prepared.
Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal delivered the homily but it took at least 70 bishops to co- celebrate the thanksgiving mass in Cebu that took place some six weeks after the official rites in Rome.
Three hundred and forty years separated the death of Pedro Calungsod as a missionary in Guam and his declaration as a saint. His canonization, however, was fairly quick, coming just 12 years after he was beatified or declared “blessed”.
SAFE JOURNEY, YOUNG MAN. The motorcade bearing the official image of Pedro Calungsod crosses the first Mandaue- Mactan Bridge, on its way to the airport. An estimated 20,000 people either joined the motorcade or lined up along the streets of Cebu, Mandaue and
Lapu- Lapu for the festive send- off on Oct. 16.
MORE THAN BLESSED. A participant holds aloft a statue of Pedro Calungsod right before the canonization ceremony led by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. Canonized along with Calungsod were Kateri Tekakwitha, Maria del Carmen, Jacques Berthieu, Giovanni Battista Piamarta, Mother Marianne Cope, and Anna Shaeffer.