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Filipino Archbishop Camotmot Is On His Way To Sainthood

He is now declared a 'Venerable'.

A Filipino candidate to sainthood has been declared “Venerable”– the first major step towards canonization.

The Vatican has recognized Cebuano Archbishop Teofilo Camotmot as having displayed “heroic virtues.”

Unanimous vote

According to the Archdiocese of Cebu, the special body at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome unanimously voted that Archbishop Camotmot lived according to Catholic principles.

His cause will be examined by the congregation’s commission of bishops and cardinals before they submit it to Pope Francis for approval.

“Upon completion of their study, the cause will be presented to the Holy Father for his approval,” the archdiocese said in a brief statement issued Wednesday.It will now be up to the pope to declare him Venerable.

Once declared venerable, the next step is beatification, which requires documentation of miracles attributed to Camomot. A second miracle would be needed for canonization.

The Archdiocese of Cebu announced on Wednesday that the positio or document on the life and heroic virtues of Camomot gained the unanimous vote or “9 out of 9 votes” from the members of the commission. (Photo from

Archbishop Teofilo Camotmot

Archbishop Camotmot was ordained at the Archdiocese of Cebu. He was made Auxillary Bishop of Jaro on March 23, 1955 and then Coadjutor Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, three years later.

He was known for his simple lifestyle and love for the poor. He was also said to possess spiritual gifts of healing, reading hearts, bilocation, and levitation. He founded the Daughters of St. Theresa in 1960.

Archbishop Camomot died in a car accident on September 27, 1988.

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