ILOCOS SUR - The Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia announced on Wednesday that the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Vatican has issued a Decree of Validity on the documents submitted for the sainthood bid of Bishop Alfredo Verzosa.
Fr. Ericson Josue, author of the book “Alfredo Versoza, Obispo: The Life and Legacy of the Fourth Filipino Roman Catholic Bishop,” explained on his Facebook post the importance of the issuance of a decree of validity.
He said that “through the said decree, the dicastery has recognized the validity of the documents and interviews collected attesting to the life of Heroic Virtues and Fame of Sanctity of the Servant of God, Alfredo Verzosa."
"The juridical process conducted by the Special Tribunal established by the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia was also affirmed. Thus, giving the signal of the writing of the official documentation of the Cause called, Positio," he added.
Josue said that after the writing of the "Positio," which would take some time, it will be presented to a team of Theologians for review.
Once the team gives the "affirmative" stance, it will be brought to a team of cardinals. Once the cardinals approve it, the case is brought to Pope Francis for his approval of the Decree of Heroic Virtues.
Thereafter, Verzosa becomes "Venerable." It means the candidate is worthy of veneration and has to wait for Divine affirmation through one major miracle. This process will end in Beatification.
The Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, the Florentin and Verzosa clan are grateful for these recent developments.
“Natutuwa tayo na sa mga Filipino na kandidato sa pagiging santo, ang kaso ni Bishop Verzosa ang isa sa pinakamabilis ang developments,” Mayor Roque Verzosa Jr. said.
Monsignor Gary Formoso of the St. Augustine Parish in the town of Bantay and the Vice-Postulator of the bid is asking the public to support the effort by continuously praying and asking the intercession of Bishop Verzosa.
“Masaya at nagpapasalamat tayo dahil napapabilis ang proseso, kaya sana ipagpatuloy na suportahan ang mahaba pa na proseso. Sana ay tumulong din ang lahat para maipakilala kung sino at ano mga nagawa at naging buhay ni Bishop Verzosa,” Msgr. Gary Formoso said.