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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.

As violence spirals, Salvadorans look to Archbishop Romero as example

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- If there's a place in need of salvation at this moment, it's this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it gets ready to mark one of the biggest events in its history -- the May 23 beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero -- El Salvador, which in Spanish means "the savior," is in the midst of one of its most violent periods.

March marked one of the deadliest months in a decade, with 481 people murdered, an average of 16 homicides a day, many committed by violent and ubiquitous gangs, said officials from the National Civil Police.

With faith and sustainable agriculture, nuns feed Salvadoran orphans

Sister Elsy Gaytan and Rafael Antonio Rivas, 15, above, shared a laugh as they worked in the fields at the Home of Divine Providence in Santa Tecla, El Salvador. Right, Victor Mendez Garcia, 13, helped harvest produce from the field.

SANTA TECLA, El Salvador -- Dressed in her brown habit, Sister Elsy Gaytan walks through a field among rows of cabbages, pointing to the crisp green crop sprouting from the earth.

"The motto of our institution is God will provide, and indeed He is providing," she said.

Sister Elsy is the coordinator of Home of Divine Providence, an orphanage that has started a sustainable agriculture project that will feed not only the 32 children who live there, but also allow the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of St. Therese, who oversee the home, to reach local consumers with organic products.

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