Fantastic news out of Rome today: Francis 'unblocks' Romero beatification, official says .
That is news NCR readers have been waiting a very long time to hear. We've reported in the past that the beatification of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero has been delayed and discouraged. It took the personal interventions of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to keep Romero's sainthood cause from being quietly shuttled aside.
Now a third pope looks determined to make it happen. Rejoice today, my friends.
Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, said March 26 that he knows Francis personally, "and I know he is absolutely convinced that Romero is a saint and a martyr."
"Everything points to his beatification being on the cards ," Chavez said, "although we follow God's time frame which is not the same as ours."
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