Blessed Pedro, among the seven people to be declared saints by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 21, came to the Mariana Islands in 1668 and was one of a group of lay catechists who assisted the Jesuit missionaries in their Pacific mission.
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St. Pedro Calungsod, a Filipino catechist and lay missionary who was martyred while doing missionary work in Guam in the year 1672. “The example of Pedro, whose love for Jesus inspired him to devote his teenage years to teaching the faith as a lay catechist” (Blessed John Paul II). The accompanying text of the icon is a baybayin script (an ancient Filipino alphabet) which reads Magtutudlo, meaning teacher. by Agustin Jakosalem