(Rome / San Salvardor) Curial Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia could not wait. Compared to some of the media he was unofficially making known the date for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero before an official announcement was made by the Holy See. The beatification of the Archbishop of San Salvador, murdered in 1980, will be held in the capital of the Central American country this coming 23th of May.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Community of Sant'Egidio , since 2012 President of the Pontifical Council on Family, since 1996, postulator for the beatification process and thus, has been concerned almost 20 years with the Causa. After the procedure came to a halt under Pope Benedict XVI., while Pope Francis indicated immediately after his election, he wanted to raise Salvadoran Archbishop to the altars.
Early January the Theological Commission of the Congregation of Saints recognized the assassination of the Archbishop on 24 March 1980 in the Church as martyrdom in odium fidei. Pope Francis confirmed the decision on 3 February, paving the way for the beatification.
Paglia is currently staying as special envoy of the Pope in El Salvador and will also meet with President Sanchez Ceren. The journey is preparing for the solemn beatification.
Pope Francis comes to El Salvador?
So far as known, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Saints and Beatification Process will preside on behalf of the Pope over the ceremony for the beatification.
Postulator Paglia announced today at a press conference after visiting the grave of Archbishop Romero in the Cathedral of San Salvador. In El Salvador, they cherished the hope that Pope Francis would personally come to San Salvador and celebrate the beatification.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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