SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped, and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The gaze of Jesus can change a person's life just like it did with St. Peter, Pope Francis said. "He always looks at us with love. He asks us something, he forgives us and he gives us a mission," the pope said May 22 during his early morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero's preferential love for the poor "was not ideological, but evangelical," said Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes. The cardinal, who was delegated by Pope Francis to preside over Archbishop Romero's beatification May 23 in San Salvador, told Vatican Radio the martyred archbishop "was, in fact, a good priest and a wise bishop, but most of all, he was a virtuous man."