During a homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero will “probably” be in Rome and “probably” take place at end of October after a meeting of bishops.
He hedged his statement in an interview with Catholic News Service saying the final decision is up to Pope Francis.
“Soon we will have a canonisation,” the archbishop said to a crowd of mostly Salvadoran immigrants gathered for Mass at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart on 11th April.
“On 19th May, we will know the date and the place.”
That’s the date cardinals will gather at the Vatican for a meeting known as a consistory, where they’re expected to decide the details.
The archbishop’s statement came hours after reports that Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga said to members of the press in Madrid that the Romero canonisation would take place on 21st October.
El Salvador’s Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez, who was also present at the Mass in Washington, referenced Cardinal Maradiaga’s statement and said, “Let’s wait until the official announcement” but also said the Honduran cardinal was close to the pope and may know details.
Picture: People take sellfies of an image of Blessed Oscar Romero at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).