Oscar Romero to be beatified on May 23

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Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator or chief promoter of the Archbishop's sainthood cause, reports the Catholic News Service.

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The ceremony, which moves the murdered Archbishop a step closer to sainthood, will be in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo. The Archbishop said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, would celebrate the Mass.

"Romero, from heaven, wants every Salvadoran to walk the path of peace and justice," Archbishop Paglia said yesterday at a news conference in San Salvador.

The Archbishop called the beatification a gift for the world, but particularly for the people of El Salvador.

Pope Francis formally recognised on February 3 that the slain Salvadoran Archbishop was killed "in hatred of the faith" -- and not for purely political reasons.

While Archbishop Romero's sainthood cause began in 1993, it continued for years as Church officials combed through thousands of documents related to his life. The effort began moving forward under Pope Benedict XVI. In May 2007, he said: "Archbishop Romero certainly was a great witness to the faith, a man of great Christian virtue."

The process advanced rapidly with the election of Pope Francis in 2013, the first Latin American pope in history. From the first moments of his Papacy, he showed interest in declaring Archbishop Romero a saint.

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May 23 outdoor Mass set for beatification of Archbishop Romero (CNS)

Oscar Romero to be beatified on 23 May in El Salvador as postulator travels to the country (The Tablet)

Archbishop Romero’s beatification ‘to take place on May 23′ (The Catholic Herald)

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