Palo Archbishop John Du on Wednesday urged the youths to follow St. Pedro Calungsod’s footsteps by “seriously professing the Catholic faith” in their daily lives.

“Today’s youths find it easily attacking Church’s teachings,” Archbishop Du said in his homily during the visit of the Pilgrimage Image of St. Pedro Calungsod in Tacloban after it has also completed its tour in Samar.

Archibishop Du stressed that St. Calungsod visit, albeit brief, would signal the “renewal of faith” among the youths and other faithful in the region.

“We are very lucky of the visit of Calungsod. He will bring blessings and guidance to us, to the youths.”

Demetrio Cinco Jr, of “Duaw Nasud” from Mandaue City, echoed the message to the youths, saying,“ Let’s us continue propagate the life and works of St. Pedro Calungsod. We must increase the degree of faith in our youths nowadays. More than the guidance of their parents, they need a saint whose life they can emulate.”

Cinco said they intend to complete their visit to around 36 key areas across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao so the youths can “go closer to Calungsod.”

John Peñanosa, 16, who works as altar boy in the parish, also felt the need of “having a personal saint” to inspire him.

“Like Calungsod, I also wanted to serve the church while I am still young, and hopefully become a priest someday,” Peñanosa shared.

Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros also brought her children during Calungsod’s visit to inspire them on the “virtues” of the saint.

“With so many distractions in the world which keep our children away from our Catholic faith, Calungsod is indeed a blessing. He was young and yet he was able to determine his part in the Church, which is to promote and defend it no matter what’s the cost. I hope my children will also learn this.”

After Calungsod’s visit in Tacloban and nearby Palo Cathedral, the Image was moved to St. Pedro Calungsod Parish in Sta. Fe, Abuyog, in preparation for another tour to Ormoc City and Maasin City, some 150 kilometers away.

In Maasin city, capital of Southern Leyte , the youths were urged to offer the same veneration to the saint whose roots are said to have been traced in the towns of Hinundayan and Hinunangan in the province.

Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 21, Calungsod followed Saint Lorenzo Ruiz into the sainthood.

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