Pope Francis clears way for Oscar Romero’s canonisation
Pope Francis has cleared the way for slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession.
The Vatican announced today that the Holy Father had approved a decree during a meeting with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office.
Also approved was the miracle attributed to Pope Paul VI, paving the way for his canonisation.
Blessed Oscar Romero was gunned down by right-wing death squads on 24th March 1980, as he celebrated mass. El Salvador’s military dictatorship had vehemently opposed his preaching against the repression of the poor by the army at the start of the country’s 1980-1992 civil war.
The pope unblocked Blessed Romero’s long-stalled sainthood case at the start of his pontificate and declared him a martyr in 2015.Tags: canonisation, Oscar Romero, Romero, saint