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Late archbishop to be declared as ‘venerable’, a step to sainthood

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Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on Monday confirmed that the late Archbishop Teofilo Camomot may be declared as “venerable” before the year ends, a step toward sainthood.

“We do believe, we hope that Bishop Camomot may be declared venerable before the end of the year, which is really wonderful news for us now that we are nearing the closing of the 500 YOC (Years of Christianity),” Palma said.

According to Palma, venerable is the second step toward sainthood.

Palma added that he was informed by Vatican officials on Camomot’s possible elevation before the end of the 500th Year of Christianity celebration this year, which was centered in Cebu.

In November, members of the Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Vatican City gave their unanimous affirmative vote to Camomot’s heroic virtues.

Upon completion of their study, it will be presented to Pope Francis for his approval.

Palma dubbed Camomot as “Servant of God.”

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