THE diocesan process for the beatification of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot ended last Thursday.
The next step would be the submission of the testimonies to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints by the campaigners for Camomot’s cause, said Fr. Samson Selloriquez.
During the late archbishop’s 103rd birthday yesterday, Selloriquez, the main postulator for Camomot’s cause, said they prepared around 1,600 pages of documents containing Camomot’s holy life and heroic virtues.
Also included in the documents are testimonies of people who claimed to have received favors after praying to Camomot.
Once it is determined that the postulators have complied with all of the requirements in the diocesan process, the Congregation will issue a decree of validity.
Once Vatican theologians vote to push for Camomot’s cause, their recommendation will be turned over to a group of cardinals and bishops under the Congregation to vote on its validity.
Once approved, the Congregation will issue a decree of heroic virtues and present it to the Pope.
Once Camomot’s heroic virtues are approved by the Pope, the late Archbishop will be given the title of “Venerable.”
Once Camomot becomes venerable, only one legitimate miracle is needed for him to be declared as “Blessed.”
To declare him a saint, campaigners for Camomot’s cause will have to repeat the process but this time, a second miracle is required.
Selloriquez said they have received claims of favors received through Camomot’s intercession, but they can’t be considered as miracles until the Vatican authenticates it.