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Beatification of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador

Nelia Palma

According to Vatican sources, the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador will be beatified between March 24 (the anniversary of Romero’s death and the United Nations Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and the Remembrance of its Victims), and Aug. 15 (the feast of the Assumption of Mary).

Beatification is the final step before sainthood, and Archbishop Romero’s path to the honor was cleared on Tuesday when Pope Francis formally recognized him as a martyr.

Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the Vatican official who has championed Archbishop Romero’s cause stated that this was “providential” as the move comes under history’s first Latin American pope.

Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980. He is a hero to the Church’s liberation theology movement, which seeks to place Catholicism on the side of the poor in struggles for human rights and social justice.

Archbishop Paglia said, “One thing is undeniable: Oscar Romero’s love for the poor and his efforts to pass on the faith to them. He was moved by the faith presented by the Second Vatican Council: That of a Church that is mother to all, particularly of those who have less.”

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame has been present in Central America for 50 years and specifically in El Salvador for over 25.

Reference consulted 02-05-2015: http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2015/02/04/oscar-romero-will-be-beatified-by-august-officials-say/

 

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