The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has appointed a church official to examine documents for the beatification process of the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

Postulators in charge of championing Camomot’s cause said that the congregation has appointed a “relatore” who will be in charge of helping them finish the “positio” or the documents needed in the process of declare the late archbishop as “venerable.”

Fr. Mhar Vincent Balili, vice postulator for Camomot’s cause, told SunStar Cebu that the congregation appointed Msgr. Paul Pallath to that position.

Pallath, who hails from Kerala, India, is one of six relatore under the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Pope Francis appointed him in September 2013.


Before being appointed as relatore, Pallath served under the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, specifically as head of the office dealing with procedures for dispensation from unconsummated marriages and causes for the nullity of priestly ordination. Aside from being a canon lawyer, Pallath is also a consultor of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

Balili said he and other church officials will be meeting with Pallath in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the progress in Camomot’s positio so far.

Aside from Balili, chief postulator Fr. Samuel Silloriquez, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, and Daughters of St. Therese Mother House head Sister Mary Lou Buscato will meet with Pallath.

“We are happy that a relatore was appointed in such a short time,” Balili added.

Since Camomot’s death last Sept. 27, 1988, the church in Cebu has received reports that Catholics who had suffered from life-threatening ailments recovered because of the late archbishop’s intercession.

The process of beatifying Camomot began nearly eight years ago. (JKV)