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Mosaic of PH saint unveiled in Vatican

by FFE Entertainment News staff

 

The Philippines’ youngest saint has been given renewed distinction in Vatican with the unveiling of a mosaic image in St Peter’s Basilica.

 

Pedro Calungsod was 17 years old when he was martyred in 1672 in Guam when he tried to convert locals. He was made a saint by Pope Benedict XVI last year, becoming the Philippines’ second saint. He is considered the patron saint of young Filipinos.

 

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Pope Francis prays before the mosaic of St. Pedro Calungsod. Photo: Kerri Lenartowick

 

The image depicts the young saint with a martyr’s palm pressed on his chest.

 

The ceremony was held on Thursday and attended by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who has been helping co-ordinate relief efforts for typhoon Yolanda victims. In an improvised speech, Pope Francis said ‘I have been close to your people, I have seen how great the pain has been but also how strong the people have been.

 

‘Faith emerged from the ruins, it came from solidarity in the moment of hardship.

 

‘In the moment of hardship, we ask why some things happen. In those moments of suffering, questioning prayers that do not ask for explanations but beg the Lord to accompany us are the most useful.’

 

Earlier this month, pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to give ‘concrete aid’ to those suffering from the wake of typhoon Yolanda. The pope is expected to make another call to pilgrims for more aid to the Philippines in this coming Sunday’s ‘Year of Faith’ ending ceremony.

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