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Archbishop’s remains to be dug up

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By Kier Edison C. Belleza

Cebu City — The remains of Cebuano Archbishop Teofilo Camomot will be exhumed and examined by a forensic anthropologist next month for their eventual transfer to a new tomb.

Fr. Mhar Balili, vice postulator for the cause of Camomot’s canonization, said Dr. Erwin Erfe, a forensic consultant for the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), is set to examine, along with five other experts, the prelate’s remains on January 3.

Balili said transfer of the remains will be done to give devotees a larger area to pray.

“Eight years ago, his remains were dug up… We would have to do the same thing next month because we have seen that there are lots of devotees who flock to his current tomb which has a very limited space,” Balili told a press conference.

Camomot is buried in a shrine behind the Daughters of St. Therese (DST) Mother House, a religious congregation he founded, in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City.

“We would also want to know the height of Archbishop Camomot through the examination and his condition before he died,” Balili added.

The move was approved by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican.

Balili said that on January 3, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will celebrate Mass at Camomot’s present tomb after which the exhumation and examination, which is expected to take about eight hours. will follow.

Balili said that apart from the forensic examination, Fr. Samson Silloriquez, who is the main postulator for the cause of Camomot’s canonization, will take a part of Camomot’s remains that will be preserve as a relic should the prelate be beatified or canonized.

The remains will then be transferred to the Domus Teofilo museum, which is a few meters from his present burial site.

Balili said they have decided to do the procedure in private to keep its solemnity. The press will not be allowed to cover.

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