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Vatican declares Filipino teenager Servant of God

Posted by CathNews on 17 June 2019
Vatican declares Filipino teenager Servant of God

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome has given Cubao Diocese in the Philippines the green light to look into the life of Darwin Ramos who died in 2012 at the age of 17.

The declaration was made in March by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, but was only made public in Manila last week.

"The Vatican has given us the go signal to go deeper into his life, how he lived his faith and how he gave witness to Jesus to whom he was very close," said Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao.

The bishop said the Vatican declaration also reminded Catholics that "we are invited to give witness to our faith in concrete ways".

The prelate started the process for the beatification of Ramos at the request of The Friends of Darwin Ramos Association.

The process for sainthood starts with the examination of a candidate's life. A person can only be beatified upon verification of a miracle attributed to him or her.

Ramos' friends have praised his devotion to his faith even as he battled Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease characterised by muscle weakness.

"Darwin is an example of holiness. Being a street child, afflicted with myopathy, he is closely united with Christ in his suffering and joy," said Bishop Ongtioco.

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