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Archbishop Romero on the road to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, in the Republic of El Salvador, said the process to beatify and eventually canonise the slain archbishop has been unblocked. 

Archbishop Paglia, who has been the postulator of Archbishop Romero’s cause for years, made the announcement in a homily on April 20, just a few hours after meeting with Pope Francis. 

The Italian archbishop, who was preaching at a Mass in the Italian city of Molfetta to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the diocese’s Bishop Antonio Bello, widely known as Don Tonino, said, “Today, the anniversary of the death of Don Tonino, the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Romero was unblocked.” 

The archbishop gave no more details, and his office said on April 22 that no more would be said until there is something concrete to report. 

He added that he hoped Archbishop Romero and Bishop Bello, who was known for his care of the poor and his commitment to peace, could be beatified together. Bishop Bello died in 1993 and the Vatican approved the opening of his sainthood cause in 2007. 

Archbishop Romero was shot on 24 March 1980, as he celebrated Mass. The Congregation for Saints’ Causes authorised the opening of his cause in 1993......

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