Pope Francis has assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood Cause of Oscar Romero is proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the beatification, reports the Catholic News Service.
Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters on Sunday that he and three other Salvadoran bishops met the Pope at the Vatican on May 9 to discuss the Cause of Archbishop Romero, who was shot and killed in 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador.
'We ask the Lord for the speedy beatification of Archbishop Romero and that the Pope come here' to celebrate the ceremony, Archbishop Escobar said.
The Pope told the Salvadoran bishops that he was pleased the process was moving ahead, but he gave no indication of when it would be completed, the Archbishop told reporters.
Archbishop Romero's sainthood Cause was opened at the Vatican in 1993, but was delayed for years as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied his writings, amid wider debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for political reasons.
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