Pope Francis clears way for Archbishop Romeo’s Canonization

Pope Francis issued a decree on March 6, 2018 recognizing a second miracle attributed to the intercession of slain Salvadoran Archbishop, Blessed Oscar Arnolfo Romero Galdamez.  Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, made the announcement on behalf of the Vatican on Wednesday, March 7.

Approval of the second miracle clears the way for the canonization of the martyred Bishop. No official date has been announced but there is speculation that the Pope will set a joint canonization for both Blessed Romero and Blessed Pope Paul VI later this year at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops.

Blessed Romero, an outspoken critic of government killings and kidnappings in El Salvador, and a champion of human rights, was celebrating Mass on the evening of March 24, 1980 when a gunman emerged from a vehicle and shot him, his body slumping over the altar.

Romero’s cause for canonization was opened in 1993 and reached the Vatican in 1997 where it lingered for nearly two decades. Neither Pope John Paul II nor Benedict XVI took any action to move Romero’s cause ahead. In February 2015, two years after his election, Pope Francis advanced Romero’s cause issuing a formal decree that Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith. Three months later, the Pontiff authorized Romero’s beatification, the last step before sainthood.  In a portion of Pope Francis’s letter, which was read at the beatification ceremony, he characterized Romero as one who “knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock.”

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A review of “Revolutionary Saint – The Theological Legacy of Oscar Romero” is also included in This Week