El Salvador celebrates beatification of Óscar Arnulfo Romero

Óscar Arnulfo Romero
  • EFE

Óscar Arnulfo Romero is an icon of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. His dedication and devotion, as well as his unwavering message in favor of peace and reconciliation in Central America, made him a close person with his people.

This March 24 marks the 38th anniversary of his assassination, enough time for Pope Francis’s decision to beatify him after following the regulatory procedures.

The Pope affixed his signature on a miracle decree based on the events surrounding his death while performing a homily at the hands of the so-called death squads. In the document, the "martyrdom" of Romero "in odium fidei" is recognized, that is, a homicide for "faith hate" and therefore, a miracle was not needed. The Vatican also announced the beatification of Pope Paul VI, who led the Roman curia between 1963 and 1978.

The news was received with joy in the Central American capital and in the church where the facts leading to his death were unleashed where dozens of churchgoers gathered to celebrate with prayers and chants.

There is no precise date to hold the beatification ceremony; however, there are two hypotheses in this regard. The first refers to the fact that Francis could officiate the beatification at the end of the Synod of Bishops on Youth, convened from October 3 to 28 and the other, that the Argentine Pope can travel to San Salvador in January 2019 to mark the World Youth Day in Panama.

The Episcopal Conference of Panama expressed its rejoicing and expressed on Twitter that "An immense joy invades the Church in Panama for the upcoming beatification of Blessed Oscar Romero, one of the patron saints of the WJD # Panama2019 ". #MonsUlloa Archbishop of Panama

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