- May 30, 2020
During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” take place at the end of October after a meeting of bishops.
Many Salvadoran expats living in the Washington area were celebrating the elevation of Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez to a cardinal June 28 at the Vatican. Many believe that Chavez will be able to bring dialogue and peace to a nation often divided by conflict and violence.
In a consistory ceremony on Tuesday widely seen as a surprise when Pope Francis announced it in May, the pontiff created five new cardinals, including four from countries that have never had one before. Francis told the new cardinals they were not being called to become “Princes of the Church,” but rather followers of Jesus with their eyes open to the realities of sin.
In what has become a trademark of this pontificate, Francis blindsided long-time Vatican watchers and even most of his closest collaborators when he announced the names of five new cardinals today. He did so at the end of his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer, which during the Easter season replaces the traditional Angelus.