Pope Francis recently advanced the sainthood cause of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot declaring him “venerable.”
After a meeting with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope approved the heroic virtues of the Cebuano prelate.
Born in the city of Carcar, Archbishop Camomot was ordained to the priest for the Archdiocese of Cebu in 1941.
In 1955, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Jaro in Iloilo province. Three years later, in 1958, he was named coadjutor archbishop of Cagayan de Oro.
The archbishop founded the Carmelite Tertiaries of the Blessed Eucharist in Misamis Occidental in November 1959. This would later become the Congregation of Santa Teresa.
After staying for 12 years in Cagayan de Oro, he resigned as coadjutor archbishop and returned to Cebu in 1970.
He died in a vehicular accident on September 27, 1988, at the age of 74.
“His dedication to the poor and detachment from material possessions were the trademarks of his ministry,” the Cebu archdiocese said in a statement.
Camomot, it added, was also “known for his fame of sanctity during his life, his death and after his death.”
In December 2010, the archdiocese, during the incumbency of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, opened the diocesan phase of the cause of the archbishop’s beatification and canonization.
Upon the advise of the Vatican, Archbishop Jose Palma authorized the reopening of the diocesan process on the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of Camomot.
The process started on January 5, 2016, until March 2, 2017. The Congregation of the Causes of Saints granted the decree of validity of the diocesan process on November 19, 2015.
The “Positio” on the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of Camomot was submitted to the Vatican in 2020.
On October 21, 2021, the special congress composed of nine theological consultants gave their unanimous approval on the heroic virtues of the prelate.
The cardinals and bishops in the ordinary session of May 3, 2022, chaired by Cardinal Semeraro, affirmed that the Filipino prelate exercised the theological, cardinal and concomitant virtues to a heroic degree.
The pope would have to recognize a miracle attributed to the archbishop’s intercession in order for him to be beatified, the next step toward sainthood. A second miracle would be needed for canonization. CBCP News
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