By Christina Hermoso
Devotees of Saint Peregrine, the miraculous patron saint of individuals suffering from serious health problems such as cancer and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), commemorate today, May 1, the feast of the revered saint.
On Sunday, May 5, devotees are invited to attend the fiesta mass in his honor at the St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish Shrine in Tunasan, Muntinlupa City at 6 p.m. It will be officiated by Bishop Jesse Mercado.
Pilgrims and devotees from across the country traditionally travel all the way to the shrine on his feast day to attend the religious services and to venerate his sacred relic, the rib of his uncorrupted body, which came all the way from his hometown in Forli, Italy.
Born in the year1260, the popular Italian saint came to be known as a “Wonder Worker,” after he got cured of cancer upon receiving a vision of Christ on the cross reaching out His hand to touch his impaired limb. He joined the Servite Order and was greatly admired for his preaching and counseling. He died in 1345 and was canonized on Dec. 27, 1726.