Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints on 14th October at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.
The date was announced on 19th May during an ‘ordinary public consistory’, a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.
During the consistory, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, formally petitioned the pope “to enroll in due course among the saints” six candidates for canonisation “for the glory of God and the good of the whole Church.”
Each of the candidates, the cardinal told the pope, gave “a convinced and coherent witness to the Lord Jesus. Their example continues to enlighten the Church and the world in accordance with the perspective of mercy that your Holiness never ceases to indicate and propose.”
Briefly giving a biographical sketch of the candidates, Cardinal Amato said that during El Salvador’s civil war, Archbishop Romero, “outraged at seeing the violence against the weak and the killing of priests and catechists, felt the need to assume an attitude of fortitude. On 24th March 1980, he was killed while celebrating the Mass.”
Reviewing the facts of Blessed Paul’s life, Cardinal Amato highlighted how, as a high-level official in the Vatican Secretariat of State during World War II, the future pope “organised charitable assistance and hospitality for those persecuted by Nazism and Fascism, particularly the Jews.”
Pope Francis then certified that he had solicited the opinion of the cardinals, who agreed that “these same blesseds should be proposed to the whole Church as examples of Christian life and holiness.”
Picture: Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero pictured in undated combination photos. (CNS photos/files/Octavio Duran).