- Feb 23, 2020
Salvadorans widely celebrated Romero as the Central American country’s first saint. Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in March 1980 and remains a reviled figure for some on the political right.
VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador asked Pope Francis to proclaim St. Oscar Romero the Church’s first Latin American “doctor of the Church.” “I wish to take this occasion to implore you, Holy Father, in the name of the shepherds and the people of God,
Eleven children of parents who are in the United States under Temporary Protected Status traveled to Rome to meet Pope Francis ahead of the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero.
As they’re canonized together today, it’s worth recalling that both Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI had an affection for Opus Dei.
A few days before Archbishop Oscar Romero was to be canonized, members of Salvadoran human rights organizations flew to Rome to demand justice for the archbishop’s assassination.
A new documentary about Blessed Oscar Romero, featuring a rare interview with him, revealed the martyred archbishop’s thoughts regarding accusations that he became too progressive.