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Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to Church of Americas

Pilgrims attended the beatification ceremony of Blessed Oscar Romero May 23 in San Salvador.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would.

On May 23, the Catholic Church beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.

Gathering remembers Blessed Romero for courage, love of God

Bernarda Rendon, right, spoke at an ecumenical prayer program May 23 in honor of the beatification of Blessed Oscar A. Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, recalling the times she attended Masses where he was the celebrant. She also discussed the reaction to his assassination in El Salvador, where she lived before coming to St. Louis as a refugee. At left is Mary Jane Schutzius, who served as her interpreter during her talk.

Bernarda Rendon describes herself as the daughter of "very poor" farmers in El Salvador.

She sometimes attended Mass at the cathedral in San Salvador, the capital of the Central American nation, and she came to know Archbishop Oscar Romero. He also celebrated Mass outside her parish as part of a fiesta there.

"When he spoke to us, the poor people ... he understood us," Rendon said at an ecumenical prayer service May 23 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet motherhouse celebrating the beatification of Blessed Romero that day in San Salvador.

Opus Dei leader's beatification impresses teens

From left, Melanie O’Hanlon, Lizzy Kelly, Theresa Angeli and Claire Archer shared a gelato on a pilgrimage to Madrid, Spain, for the beatification of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo. The four have worked as camp counselors at Camp Galena, a weeklong summer camp for girls in sixth- through-ninth grades, sponsored by Opus Dei’s Lindell Study Center for women in Kirkwood.

When Melanie O'Hanlon feels bogged down by her geometry homework, she thinks about the first leaders of Opus Dei -- St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer and newly beatified Blessed Alvaro del Portillo -- and the sacrifices they made in their lifetimes. And suddenly, math doesn't seem so bad after all.

"They started this worldwide work from scratch," said O'Hanlon, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cor Jesu Academy. "It kind of puts it into perspective."

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