No date yet for Blessed Romero canonisation, archbishop says
While documentation regarding an alleged miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Oscar Romero is being studied at the Vatican, there is no date scheduled for his canonisation, the archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador, said.
“I must say, in all sincerity, that there is no date. And we understand it well because it involves a process. Blessed Romero’s cause is at a decisive phase that is necessary for his canonisation,” Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said during a memorial Mass for Blessed Romero in Rome on 23rd March.
Archbishop Escobar, along with the other bishops of El Salvador were making their ad limina visits to Rome and the Vatican and anticipated the 37th anniversary of Blessed Romero’s death with Mass at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Blessed Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in the chapel of a local hospital one day after calling on the government to end its violation of human rights against the population.
During the nearly two hours Pope Francis spent with the bishops of El Salvador on 20th March, the pontiff expressed “his warmth and affection” for Blessed Romero, Archbishop Escobar told Catholic News Service after the Mass.
Picture: A portrait of Blessed Oscar Romero is displayed in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere on 23rd March. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves).