CEBU CITY, Philippines – As the entire country especially the Visayan Region is excited for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod sometime next year, Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson, postulator or lawyer for the cause of canonization of Blessed Pedro in a press conference last Friday shared the major miracle attributed to Blessed Pedro, the second Filipino saint.
Leyson disclosed that the authentic major miracle which highly supported the elevation of Blessed Pedro to sainthood was invoked by a doctor believer of Blessed Pedro to a woman who almost died because of insufﬁcient oxygen in the brain.
The woman, who was 49 when the miracle happened in March 26, 2003, was suffering from Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition that occurs when the entire brain is deprived of an adequate oxygen supply, but the deprivation isn’t total.
She was conﬁned in a hospital here in Cebu when the major miracle happened that change her life with “no sensory and motor deﬁcit” despite her very crucial health condition.
Leyson explained that the woman’s rapid recovery in just four hours is something very rare that the doctor can’t explain and even the Vatican consultor physicians declared it as a supernatural healing.
Last July 2, the Vatican consultor theologians authenticated that the supernatural healing was due to the intercession of Blessed Pedro. Then, on October 11 this year, the Vatican consultor cardinals. Archbishops and bishops unanimously afﬁrmed that what the physicians and theologians declared could point to an authentic major miracle and it is opportune to declare Blessed Pedro a saint.
Finally, last December 19, Pope Benedict declared that there is indeed an authentic major miracle attributed to Blessed Pedro.
“We now look forward to next year, 2012, when the Pope will call all cardinals to a consistory to gather explicit assent to the canonization of Blessed Pedro,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on the same occasion.
Palma expressed optimism that next year Blessed Pedro will be ofﬁcially canonized and be invoked as Saint Pedro Calungsod.
“The year 2012 coincides with the 340th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Pedro. It will truly be a year of grace for all Filipinos and the Universal Church. Let us prepare ourselves spiritually so that we will be able to receive the graces that come with the canonization,” Palma added.(Phoebe Jen Indino)
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