World Report: In Brief

World Report: In Brief Archbishop Teofilo Camomot of Cebu
Candidate for sainthood exhumed in Philippines

The remains of a Filipino archbishop, a candidate for sainthood, underwent a nine-hour forensic examination this week as part of the process for his possible canonisation.

Lawyer Persida Rueda-Acosta, head of a team of forensic experts who examined the remains of Archbishop Teofilo Camomot of Cebu, expressed surprise that they did not exude a foul smell despite decay, which he considered “miraculous” as the archbishop died 30 years ago.

Some saints’ bodies, when exhumed, have been found not to have decayed and to exude a sweet smell.

Also in his report he noted that Archbishop Camomot’s vestments were in “pristine condition” and “uncorrupted by any form of infestation and insect activity”.


Murdered Algerian martyrs to be beatified 

A bishop, seven Trappist monks and 11 other religious men and women killed in Algeria in the 1990s will soon be recognised as martyrs, the postulator for their causes said.

The decree for their beatification should be published sometime in January, Trappist Father Thomas Georgeon said.

A 10-year-long armed conflict between government forces and extremist Islamic rebel groups left tens of thousands of people dead, making the deaths of the 19 religious “a martyrdom in the midst of a sea of violence that devastated Algeria”, he said.

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