CARCAR, Cebu - The remains of Archbishop Emeritus Teofilo Camomot, who is being considered for beatification, will be exhumed from Barangay Valladolid and transferred to a nearby museum here, Archbishop Jose Palma said Saturday.
The transfer is for practical reasons, Palma said, downplaying reports that Camomot's remains will be transferred as The Vatican has supposedly approved the validity of the diocesan process for the late archbishop.
Transferring Camomot's remains will simply mean wider space for visitors who come every day to his burial site, which has become a place of pilgrimage, Palma said.
It took 7 months before the Vatican released its decision on Camomot's case, said Fr. Mhar Balili, assistant postulator for Camomot's cause for beatification.
Balili's group is now preparing Camomot's "Positio" or a collection of accounts that would prove the late archbishop's "heroic virtues and fame of sanctity" when he was still alive.
Under the Vatican's process, the Positio, once filed, will be reviewed by teams of historians, theologians and cardinals.
If affirmed, the cause will be elevated to the Pope for the declaration of the “venerable," or one worthy of veneration. To be canonized, there should be at least two confirmed miracles attributed to the "venerable" after his or her death.
Camomot is among 3 Filipino bishops who has been under consideration for sainthood since 2011.
A native of Carcar town, Camomot was known for his service and generosity to those in need.
Claims of miracles attributed to him circulated after he was reportedly seen in two different places while he was still serving the clergy of Cebu.
He died in a road accident on Sept. 27, 1988 while on his way home to Carcar. He was 74.