Updated: August 29, 2019 05:01 AM GMT
Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao announces the formal opening on Aug. 28 of the cause for the beatification and canonization of Darwin Ramos, a Filipino boy who was earlier named by the Vatican as a Servant of God. (Photo by Jire Carreon)
A Manila diocese has formally opened the cause for the beatification and canonization of a Filipino boy who was earlier named by the Vatican as a "Servant of God."
Cubao Diocese started the first session for the promotion for the cause of Darwin Ramos in formal rites on Aug. 28.Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao announced that an investigative body has already been established to verify whether Ramos has indeed "heroically practiced Christian virtues" to be declared a saint. Born on Dec. 17, 1994, Ramos died in September 2012 at the age of 17 after a long illness.In March, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome gave Cubao Diocese the green light to look into the life of Ramos.Bishop Ongtioco admitted that the process for sainthood is going to be tedious.Father Danilo Flores, promoter of the cause for beatification, said the investigative body formed by the bishop would try to prove that Ramos "has the reputation for goodness and to be declared as such."Father Flores said Darwin is famous because he has a certain holiness not common to the youth of the Philippines or the world. "He has something that we would have to discover and that will take place in stages," said the priest. "More important, if he is in heaven, we have to prove if he can be a model, especially for the youth." Dominican priest Thomas de Gabory, postulator for the cause of the beatification of Ramos, said he met Ramos before the boy died in 2012.