THE process to beatify Archbishop Teofilo Camomot is gaining momentum after church officials secured 46 witnesses of the late prelate’s personality and reported holiness.

In a press conference, Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili, vice postulator for the diocesan tribunal on Camomot’s beatification, told reporters that the 46 witnesses came from various parishes in Cebu, Iloilo in the Visayas and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. Balili said they provided personal insights on the late prelate’s saintly virtues.

Balili said that aside from the 46 witnesses, they also gathered additional documents, such as Camomot’s personal writings, that could help with the initial process for his beatification.

Majority of Camomot’s writing came from the Daughters of St. Therese (DST) Mother House in Barangay Valladolid in Carcar City, the late prelate’s hometown.

Balili said that the documents and transcripts of the interviews will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

Aside from the witnesses’ testimonies, Balili said that his team has already started assessing the reported miracles attributed to Camomot.

Balili admitted that they’ve started receiving claims of Camomot’s intercession. But strict assessment is needed to ensure that the miraculous claims are genuine, he added.

In October last year, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P25-million proposed museum dedicated to the relics of Camomot that will be built in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City near his resting place.