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Archbishop says Blessed Romero could be canonised next year

The archbishop officially promoting Blessed Oscar Romero’s cause for sainthood said he hopes the process will conclude within a year and Catholics around the world will honour St Oscar Romero, martyr.

“Keeping alive the memory of Romero is a noble task, and my great hope is that Pope Francis will soon canonise him a saint,” Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of the Salvadoran archbishop’s cause, said in a homily in London on 12th August.

In an interview with Vatican Radio’s English program, Archbishop Paglia was more specific: “We could hope that in the next year perhaps it is possible” that the Congregation for Saints’ Causes will have completed its review of an alleged miracle attributed to Blessed Romero’s intervention and present its findings to the pope. Recognition of the miracle would clear the way for canonisation.

The biggest hurdle in the sainthood cause was obtaining recognition that Blessed Romero, who was shot while celebrating Mass, was a martyr, Archbishop Paglia said in London. Some Church leaders, including some who worked in the Roman Curia, had insisted Blessed Romero was assassinated because of his political position. But, Archbishop Paglia said, “The essence of his holiness was his following the Lord by giving himself completely for his people.”

Picture: Blessed Oscar Romero is seen in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran).