Pope Francis has said today’s beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero is a “cause of great joy” and that his elevation to the altars is a call “to sanity and reflection, to respect for life and harmony.”
In a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, the Holy Father said Blessed Óscar Romero “knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock, remaining faithful to the Gospel and in communion with the whole Church.”
Around 250,000 people turned out for the beatification Mass in San Salvador.
Archbishop Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 when he was shot dead by a gunman as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.
“His ministry was distinguished by a particular...READ MORE