Miracles still needed for Camomot sainthood
Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - February 29, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —   Many have spoken about the favors they received from praying to the late Cebuano Archbishop Teofilo Camomot but the search for miracles for him to be called “Blessed” and, finally, “Saint,” still continues.

"Sigi pa ta og pangita og miracles. We shall continue to pray nga eventually makakita ta og miracles (We continue to look for miracles. We shall continue to pray that we will find them eventually)," said Father Mhar Vincent Balili, vice postulator of Camomot’s cause.

Camomot is known for his generosity, love for the poor, living a simple life, being prayerful, and healing the sick. The cause for his sainthood started way back in 2015.

Balili said they already submitted last week the 522-page "Positio" of Camomot to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.

Balili, who is on top of the cause for Camomot’s sainthood, explained that the "Positio" summarizes the heroic virtues of Cebuano prelate.

The Positio, he said, includes testimonies of 45 witnesses, written documents related to Camomot, Camomot's official biography, and synthesis on why Camomot should be declared as a saint of the Catholic Church.

Balili, who collaborates with the Rome-based postulator Father Samson Silloriquez, said the Positio will be assessed by theologians before it will be forwarded to the cardinals who will vote whether or not to continue the cause.

Balili said the cardinals will scrutinize the Positio further and, if decided, will recommend to the Pope for Camomot to be declared as “venerable” or a person having lived with heroic virtues.

After Camomot is declared “venerable,” the next step is for him to be declared “blessed.” This, however, can happen only if a miracle is proven. Once he is declared “blessed,” it will take another miracle for him to be declared a Saint.

"Pasabot ani, we need two miracles and we are still searching. There are many who testified about favors received but not sufficient to meet the criteria to be called as a miracle (This means we need two miracles and we are still searching. There are many who testified about receiving favors but none, so far, meet the criteria to be classified a miracle)," Balili explained.

For something to be declared miraculous, these conditions must be met: The person who is sick is in a situation of a matter of life and death; the healing of the sick person cannot be explained by science or any doctors; that person only prays to one intercessor; and the disease should not relapse five years after healing.  JMO  (FREEMAN)

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