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VATICAN: Oscar Romero To Be Canonized

Pope Francis has cleared the way for slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint later this year or early next, writes Joshua J. McElwee in the web publication National Catholic Reporter.

The cause for Romero, who was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980, had languished for decades under Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Now, Francis has decreed that Romero was responsible for helping in the healing of Cecilia Maribel Flores, who was facing near-certain death towards the end of a difficult pregnancy before praying to the late archbishop for his intercession.

Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator, or official promoter of Romero’s cause has called the archbishop “a martyr of the church of the Second Vatican Council.” 

Recent rumors indicate Francis is considering one joint canonization ceremony – Romero’s and Pope Paul VI’s - to be held in Rome in October, during the upcoming meeting of the Synod of Bishops on young people. 
 


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