Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Cause of Filipino Archbishop Known for Bilocation

There have been testimonies of his ability to heal the sick, levitate in prayer and bilocate, according to the Archbishop Camomot Committee in Cebu. The May 21 papal decree also recognized other holy men and women.

Archbishop Teofilo Camomot
Archbishop Teofilo Camomot (photo: Public domain / Public domain)

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of a Filipino archbishop with a reputation for having the ability to bilocate.

In a decree promulgated on May 21, the Pope recognized a miracle attributed to a Spanish woman and the heroic virtue of seven holy people, including Filipino Archbishop Teofilo Camomot.

Archbishop Camomot, who was ordained a bishop in 1955, was known on the island of Cebu in the Philippines for his spiritual gifts. There have been testimonies of his ability to heal the sick, levitate in prayer and bilocate, according to the Archbishop Camomot Committee in Cebu.

One of these testimonies comes from an affidavit from the late Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, archbishop of Cebu, who said that Archbishop Camomot was with him on Sept. 27, 1985, at a time when Archbishop Camomot was also seen giving the anointing of the sick to a man in a mountain village about 30 miles away.

Priests were also known to seek out Archbishop Camomot to hear their final confessions before they died. After he became coadjutor archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, he founded the Tertiaries of the Blessed Eucharist, today known as the Daughters of St. Teresa.

Archbishop Carmomot died in a car accident on the feast of St. Vincent de Paul on Sept. 27, 1988.

Pope Francis also approved the canonization of Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini with a dispensation from the requirement for a second miracle, according to Vatican News. 

In an audience with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Pope decided to convene a consistory for the canonizations of Blessed Giovanni and Blessed Artemide Zatti.

Bishop Scalabrini, of Piacenza, Italy, founded the Missionaries of St. Charles (also known as the Scalabrinians) to offer pastoral care to migrants who were emigrating from Italy at the turn of the 20th century.

In 1901, Bishop Scalabrini visited his missionaries in the United States and was received at the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt. Pope Pius IX once described Bishop Scalabrini as “the apostle of the Catechism.”

The decree authorized by the Pope recognized a miracle attributed to Venerable Maria de la Concepción Barrecheguren y García, a lay Spanish woman who died of tuberculosis in 1927 in Granada at the age of 21, who will now be able to be beatified.

The Pope’s decree also approved the heroic virtue of three Italians: Bishop Luigi Sodo (1811-1895), Father Alfredo Morganti (1886-1969) and Father Giampietro da Sesto (1886-1913), a Franciscan from Italy who served as a missionary in Brazil.

In addition, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Spanish Father Jose Torres Padilla (1811-1878),  Polish nurse Janina Woynarowska (1923-1979) and Mother Mariana of the Holy Trinity (1854-1933), who was born in Mexico and co-founded the Trinitarian Sisters of Madrid.

Titus Brandsma as rector magnificus of the Catholic University of Nijmegen in 1932.

Who Was Titus Brandsma?

Father Brandsma’s beatification cause opened in the Dutch Diocese of Den Bosch in 1952. It was the first process for a candidate killed by the Nazis.