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Reformist pope Paul VI to be made a saint, says Vatican

Reformist pope Paul VI to be made a saint, says Vatican Reformist pope Paul VI to be made a saint, says Vatican
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 14:51

A street vendor sells flags of the late archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Arnulfo Romero during a procession in San Salvador Thomson Reuters VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

He was killed - with a bullet through the heart while saying Mass in a hospital chapel in 1980 - just as El Salvador's civil war was heating up, pitting leftist rebels against a right-wing military dictatorship backed by the United States.

The Latin American liberation theology movement of the 1960s and 70s argued that it was not enough for the church to empathise with and care for the poor.

While the Catholic Church is now moving ever closer to declaring Romero a saint, the Salvadorean archbishop's sanctity has already been declared by the Anglican Church and he is venerated with a statue outside Westminster Abbey.

Pope Francis has announced that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero had been put on the path to sainthood.

According to Vatican News, Pope Francis signed a decree confirming miracles attributed to the intercession of several sainthood causes, including Romero and Pope Paul VI, in a March 6 meeting with Cardinal Angel Amato, Prefect of the Congregation.

President Salvador Sanchez Ceren tweeted that Francis' decision "fills us with enormous joy".

Reformist pope Paul VI to be made a saint, says Vatican

The pontiff previously declared Romero a martyr in 2015. In her words, "The pope is giving us a blessing with this news, but Saint Romero is already on the altars".

He calls it "an answer from God to the outcry of a people which has suffered so much".

For Salvadoran churchgoer Josefa Trejos, the news of his pending canonization only confirmed what she had long believed.

Pope Francis has given the green light for martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero to be declared a saint.

"They did the caesarean and were waiting for her to die", because all the tests indicated she wouldn't survive.

He was beatified in San Salvador on May 24, 2015, before a quarter-million jubilant Salvadorans, and held up as model of peace and forgiveness for Francis' home continent. Her friends started praying to Romero "and after five days, in an inexplicable way, this woman begins to improve and was completely healed".

Francis approved the miracle on Tuesday, paving the way for Romero to be canonized. However, as Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who led the process of verifying Romero's sainthood (canonization), said in 2017 a pregnant woman's inexplicable healing had been attributed to Romero.