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Vatican names Filipino boy who died at 17 Servant of God

A Filipino teenager who died could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a Servant of God, the first step in the process toward sainthood.

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

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the congregation’s prefect, made the declaration in March, but it was only made public in Manila on 31st May, ucanews.com reported.

“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,” Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said.

The bishop said the Vatican declaration 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.

Picture: In this 2014 file photo, a boy rides his bike in the streets of Tacloban, Philippines. Darwin Ramos, a Filipino teenager who died in 2012 at the age of 17, could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a Servant of God in March. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).