Romero saint effort 'unblocked'

2013-04-22 22:43
People march in San Salvador during the commemoration of the 33th anniversary of the murder of Monsignor Oscar Romero. (Jose Cabezas, AFP)

People march in San Salvador during the commemoration of the 33th anniversary of the murder of Monsignor Oscar Romero. (Jose Cabezas, AFP)

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Vatican City - The Vatican official spearheading the push to make slain Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador a saint, says the process is going forward under Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff.

Italian news agency Ansa quoted Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia as saying on Tuesday the process had been "unblocked”.

Romero was gunned down in 1980 while celebrating Mass after challenging his country's military to end its civil war.

His beatification cause languished under popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI over the Vatican's opposition to liberation theology, the belief that Christ's teachings justify fights against social injustices.

Separately on Tuesday, an Italian religious affairs magazine, Credere, said a panel of Vatican-appointed doctors had confirmed a second miracle attributed to John Paul's intercession, moving the Polish pope a step closer to sainthood.

Theologians, cardinals and Francis must confirm the decision.

Read more on:    roman catholic church  |  pope francis  |  vatican city  |  religion

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