blessed oscar romero

Pope recognizes miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Romero

Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. They are pictured in undated combination photos.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women — among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.

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.

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