This 2016 photo shoes thousands of people in El Salvador in an annual procession, commemorating the murder of Archbishop Romero in 1980. The sign says: His murderers have not been on trial yet. Monsignor Romero is a saint of the people. Not of the prayer card.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Oscar Romero, the archbishop of El Salvador who was murdered in 1980, will be declared a saint. This has been announced by Pope Francis during a meeting of cardinals in Rome.
Romero is an icon for many Roman Catholics in Latin America. He committed himself to the poor and antagonized the Salvadoran elite and the army by denouncing repression, torture and social inequality.
El Salvador was a right-wing dictatorship in those years and suffered a bloody civil war, which claimed many tens of thousands of lives. Countless priests who supported Romero in his struggle for human rights and his critique of the regime were murdered.
On March 24, 1980, Romero celebrated a mass in a hospital chapel when he was shot dead by a member of an extreme right death squad. In 2015 he was beatified during a ceremony in the capital San Salvador, attended by hundreds of thousands of people, including foreign heads of state. When he will be declared to be a saint is not yet known.
At the same time, the Vatican announced today that the former Pope Paul VI will be declared to be a saint later this year. The Italian was pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. He put an end to reforms within the church and confirmed the ecclesiastical prohibition of abortion and the use of contraceptives.