On Saturday, the Catholic church beatified Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
As El Salvador gets ready for the archbishop's beatification, the country is in the midst of one of its most violent periods.
The chapel of Divine Providence Hospital in El Salvador is one of the most visited places by local and foreign pilgrims. They come wishing to learn more about Archbishop Oscar Romero, the controversial archbishop who has become a Salvadoran icon.
On March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as he said Mass in San Salvador. A U.S. archbishop recalls the funeral.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, now acknowledged by the church as a martyr, has always been so for those who knew him.
The Vatican has made a shift toward acceptance of more progressive views of the changes of Vatican II and its emphasis on a church for the poor.
Pope Francis has formally declared that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith. His beatification is expected soon.
Franciscan Br. Octavio Duran captured many of the iconic images of Archbishop Oscar Romero during the final two years of the Salvadoran archbishop's life.
A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.
Despite fevered speculation, the Vatican says Pope Francis has not advanced slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero toward sainthood -- at least, not yet.