- Jun 14, 2021
Rosario Livatino, 37 at the time of his death, will become the first Italian anti-mafia judge to be beatified, following in the footsteps of Father Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, the country’s best known anti-mafia priest, who was killed in 1993 and beatified shortly after Pope Francis’s election in 2013.
U.S. President Donald Trump has often complained about an “invasion” of migrant caravans acting as a front for criminal groups from Central America, however, one expert has suggested that since many gang members were deported to El Salvador, the home of St Oscar Romero, from the United States, it is they who are in need of Trump’s infamous border wall.
Speaking to the bishops of Central America in Panama on Thursday, Pope Francis lifted up St. Oscar Romero as a model bishop.
Now that St. Oscar Romero has been canonized, Salvadorans have their sights set on sainthood for Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande.
Pope Francis on Sunday hailed new saints Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI as saints vitally engaged with the world who still led lives of radical holiness.
Nearly four decades after her was brutally martyred while celebrating Mass, Pope Francis will canonize El Salvador’s Oscar Romero on Sunday.
If there’s one thing the new crop of saints who will be canonized this weekend have to say about holiness, it’s that being virtuous is not just for heroic, celebrity-like personalities such as Blesseds Oscar Romero or Pope Paul VI, but it is something that everyone, religious and lay alike, can attain.
Martyred while saying Mass in 1980 and politically controversial in his day, Blessed Oscar Romero is one of 14 “witnesses to freedom” in the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign this year, and his relics will be on display July 1 in Los Angeles.