(RNS) — Canonizing two of his favorite people, Pope Francis showcases the man who brought Vatican II to a conclusion and the man who was martyred for defending human rights and the poor.
(AP) — The two towering figures will be canonized along with five others in a ceremony designed to show that holiness can be attained in all walks of life.
(The Conversation) — On March 23, 1980, Romero concluded his Sunday sermon with an appeal to Salvadoran soldiers to cease killing their fellow citizens. He was killed the next day.
(AP) — Francis unblocked Romero’s stalled sainthood case at the start of his pontificate and declared him a martyr in 2015.
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) Romero, then archbishop of San Salvador, was shot dead in 1980 by a right-wing death squad as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Francis, the first Latin American pope, unblocked Romero's sainthood process shortly after his election in March 2013. It had been stalled because church leaders saw Romero as having been too close to Liberation Theology.
A right-wing death squad murdered Romero, a staunch critic of the military government and advocate for peasants and workers' rights, 35 years ago.
(RNS) “On this point there is no possible neutrality. We either serve the life of Salvadorans or we are accomplices in their death. … We either believe in a God of life or we serve the idols of death.”
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(RNS) Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, has often said he thought the slain archbishop was a martyr worthy of consideration for sainthood.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Romero's sainthood cause languished amid lingering Vatican suspicion of Liberation Theology, which flourished under Romero and was suppressed by both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Fans of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero want Pope Francis to declare him a martyr and place him on the path to sainthood, but Vatican officials say no official action has been taken yet.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The revival of liberation theology under Pope Francis is remarkable about-face for a movement that swelled in popularity but was later stamped out by the conservative pontificates of John Paul II and his longtime doctrinal czar, Benedict XVI.
(RNS) Reports this week that the late John Paul II may be on the verge on canonization isn't a huge surprise, but Pope Francis' decision to take a second look at martyred Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero shows that the process of making saints is as much about politics as anything else.
(RNS) Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media. But some constituencies in the church are decidedly cautious or even unhappy with Francis, and their grumbling may portend future troubles for the pope.