Vatican promulgates Filipino bishop Teofilo Camomot to 'Venerable'

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Cebuano bishop and "Servant of God" Teofilo Camomot is now a step closer to sainthood after the Vatican promulgated him to the title of "Venerable." (FILE PHOTO)

Cebu City (CNN Philippines, May 21) — Cebuano bishop and "Servant of God" Teofilo Camomot is now a step closer to sainthood after the Vatican promulgated him to the title of "Venerable."

The Archdiocese of Cebu has formally announced the development following years of pushing for the sainthood of the bishop from Carcar City, Cebu.

"On May 21, 2022 the Holy Father Pope Francis authorized Marcello Cardinal Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in the Vatican, to promulgate a decree on the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Archbishop Teofilo Bastide Camomot, granting him the title of Venerable," the Archdiocese said in a statement on Saturday.

One miracle under his intercession means Camomot can be elevated to the title "Blessed," which should make him just a step away from becoming another Filipino Saint.

Born on March 3, 1914, Camomot was known for his dedication to the poor, and detachment from material possessions was his ministry's trademark. He founded the Carmelite Tertiaries of the Blessed Eucharist in Misamis Occidental in 1959 that later became the Congregation of Santa Teresa.

After staying for 12 years in Cagayan de Oro, he resigned as Coadjutor Archbishop and returned to Cebu in 1970. He died in a vehicular crash on September 27, 1988 at the age of 74.