BY THE NUM­BERS

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15,000

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.

70

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.

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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”.

( SUN. STAR FOTO/ ARNI ACLAO)

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.

( AP/ ALESSAN­DRA TARANTINO)

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.

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