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Vatican names Filipino boy teen of God' Darwin Ramos won praise for his devotion to his faith even as battled a rare genetic disease. Joe Torres, Manila Philippines June 4, A Filipino teenager could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a " Filipino of God ," the first step in the long process toward canonization as a saint.
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 at the age of The declaration was made by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saintsteen March but was only made public in Manila last week.
The bishop said the Vatican declaration also reminded the Catholics that, "we are invited to give witness to our faith in concrete ways. 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. Other steps towards sainthood are declarations of Venerable, Blessed and canonization. Being a street child, afflicted with myopathy, he is closely united with Christ in his suffering and joy," said Bishop Ongtioco. Ramos was born in in the slums of Pasay City on the outskirts of the Philippine capital Manila.