SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House of Representatives adopted House Resolution No. 2597, expressing the jubilation and exultation of the chamber, in solidarity with the Filipino people, for the singular honor bestowed upon Darwin Ramos, the first non-martyr Filipino to receive the title “Servant of God.”
Darwin Ramos, born on December 17, 1994 in Pasay City, was raised in the slums of P. Villanueva Street and was pushed by extreme poverty to scavenge the streets as a waste collector to help his family survive. He passed away on September 23, 2012.
In 2006, he got acquainted with a group of street educators from the ANAK-Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, and had since served in one of the centers being run by the foundation to help other street children.
While serving in the center, Darwin discovered the Catholic faith at eleven years old and on December 23, 2006, he received the Sacrament of Baptism. He later received the First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation on December 22, 2007.
Darwin was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscular degeneration. The disease took its toll on him. He suffered in pain until he can no longer stand. He had tight or rigid joints making walking and breathing difficult.
In suffering, Darwin endured and adhered to his profound Catholic faith, continued to offer himself to Christ, called his illness a “mission” instead of affliction, and vowed to continue serving the Lord during his last remaining days. He maintained a friendly attitude with nothing but gratitude to those who took care of him.
On March 29, 2019, the Vatican proclaimed Darwin Ramos as “Servant of God” through a declaration by Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome.
Bishop Honesto Ongtioco initiated the process at the request of the Friends of Darwin Ramos Association. Cardianl Angelo Becciu signed the nihil obstat after which the inquiry for the canonization of Darwin Ramos at the Diocesan Court of Cubao will be conducted by the postular, the French Dominican Fr. Thomas de Gabory. /Joselito Menorca , News and Documentation Section-Press and Public Affairs Bureau/ House of Representatives of the Philippines