- May 24, 2020
Pope Francis will canonize two of the most important and contested figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church, declaring Pope Paul VI and the martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as models of saintliness for the faithful today.
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.
Pope Paul VI, who’ll be canonized on Oct. 14, once said of Vatican II “you have no idea what it means to call a council,” By the end of this month, Pope Francis may be feeling that way about synods too.
As ‘Humanae Vitae,” Pope Paul VI’s controversial 1968 encyclical rejecting the pill, reaches the 50-year mark today, supporters say its message continues to pack a punch despite polls showing most Catholics in opposition.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski says a Latin American gathering highlights the maturity and vibrancy of the Latin American Church.