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Pope prays for the Philippines

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Pope prays for the Philippines

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2013-11-21 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis blessed a mosaic of Philippines Saint Pedro Calungsod in the crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday afternoon. The mosaic will be near the tomb of Pope Paul VI. He was joined by the Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. During the ceremony, Pope Francis gave a few words of comfort to the people of the country, suffering the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

“We wonder why these things happen, which you cannot explain,” he said. “In these times of suffering, never tire of asking why, because you will attract the tenderness of the Father.”

He also said times of suffering prayer is of even more help, and he assured the Filipino people of his prayers.


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New Mosaic of San Pedro Calungsod in Crypt of St. Peter's Basilica

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2013-11-21 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis was scheduled to bless a mosaic of San Pedro Calungsod in the crypt under St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday afternoon.

San Pedro Calungsod, the Philippines’ second saint was canonized October 21, 2012, in the Year of the Faith. Just a year after, through the efforts of Ambassador Mercedes A. Tuason, Philippine ambassador to the Holy See and through the inspiration of His Eminence Emeritus, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the image of San Pedro Calungsod in mosaic was scheduled to be installed next to the tomb of Pope Paul VI on Thursday. The image was crafted by Studio del Mosaico, Fabrica di San Pietro. Some 600 different tones, shades and tints were used to complete the work. It has been said, “if an image is worth a thousand words, an image in mosaic is worth a million.” San Pedro is depicted as a young man wearing camisa de chino, with a martyr’s palm pressed to his chest and carrying the Doctrina Christiana.

San Pedro Calungsod’s faithfulness to God is a perfect example for every one of us, today especially, to the Filipino whose faith could be wavering due to the trials and difficulties presented by the recent calamities.A Eucharistic celebration presided by Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was scheduled to follow the blessing of the image, dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


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