Calungsod’s image in 2nd highest place of honor

Posted at 10/21/12 4:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The canonization rites at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City have started, and the image of Blessed Pedro Calungsod occupies the second highest place of honor.

Based on sanpedrocalungsod.com, Calungsod’s image hangs third from the right at the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Vice-Postulator for the Canonization Cause of Blessed Pedro Calungsod Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson said this is the second highest place of honor. Calungsod is one of six Blesseds who will be canonized today.

Leyson explained that the center balcony is the highest place of honor. The next ranks then move out from the center.

The website also said the “ranks” are decided by three factors: first, martyrs rank higher than non-martyrs; bishops rank higher than priests; priests, who rank higher than religious, and laypeople.

The six other Blesseds who will be canonized today with Blessed Pedro Calungsod are: Blessed Jacques Berthieu, a Jesuit missionary in Madagascar who was martyred; Blessed Giovanni Battista Piamarta, founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Blessed Maria Carmen Salles, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Blessed Marianne Cope, Sister of Saint Francis of Syracuse; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, companion of the Jesuit missionaries in North America; and Blessed Anne Schaeffer, a German laywoman and mystic.