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 2, the feast of the revered saint.
Feast masses in his honor will be streamed live online tomorrow, May 3, from the St. Peregrine Laziosi Parish Shrine in Tunasan, Muntinlupa City, where four holy masses that are closed to the public will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and at 5 p.m.
Many pilgrims and devotees from different parts of the country traditionally travel all the way to the shrine to pray before his sacred relic, the rib of his uncorrupted body, which came all the way from his hometown in Forli, Italy.
Born in the year 1260, 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. (Christina I. Hermoso)