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Consistory to approve canonisations announced

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis will preside over an ordinary public consistory on May 19 to approve several canonisations, the Vatican announced on April 11.
The consistory will most likely confirm the canonisation dates of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero. The meeting of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes formally ends the process of approving a new saint.
While no date has been formally announced, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, has said that Blessed Paul’s canonisation will take place at the end of the Synod of Bishops on Youth and Discernment, scheduled for October 3 to 28.
At a meeting on March 6 with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Francis recognised a miracle attributed to Pope Paul, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini and was pope from 1963 to 1978 (Sunday Examiner, March 11).
On the same day the pope, who has expressed his admiration for Archbishop Romero on several occasions, also signed the decree recognising a miracle needed to advance the slain archbishop’s sainthood cause.
Although the archbishop’s sainthood cause was opened at the Vatican in 1993, it was delayed for years amid a wider debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for taking political positions against the Salvadoran government and against the death squads that were operating in his country.
Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass in the chapel of a local hospital, a day after calling on the government to end its violation of human rights against the population.

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