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Bishops ask Pope to beatify Archbishop Romero in El Salvador


romero_thisone-440x292(Catholic Herald UK) Pope Francis has assured the bishops of El Salvador that the Cause of murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero is proceeding well.

The bishops, meanwhile, asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop’s hoped-for beatification.

Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters that he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the Pope at the Vatican this month to discuss the Cause of Archbishop Romero, who was shot and killed on March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador.

“We ask the Lord for the speedy beatification of Archbishop Romero and that the Pope come here” to celebrate the ceremony, Archbishop Escobar said.

The Pope told the Salvadoran bishops that he was pleased the process was moving ahead, but he gave no indication of when it would be completed, the archbishop told reporters.

Archbishop Romero’s Cause was opened at the Vatican in 1993, but was delayed for years as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied his writings, amid wider debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for political reasons. [more]


Catholic Herald UK



  1. Kathleen says:

    I consider Archbishop Romero a saint
    Perhaps in recognizing his goodness the church would have to deal with the lack of support for those who sacrificed to help the poor and oppressed in much of South America including Argentina

  2. Elba Hernandez Zuvich says:

    Archbishop Romero is already a saint to those of use who believe he was martyred. He was martyred for Christ Who is in His people.

  3. Florian says:

    Sainthood will never be the same now that JP II has scooted through the system he devised, and in record time. Maybe the Vatican should leave “well enough” alone, at least for the moment.


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