On Saturday, the Catholic church beatified Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
Salvadoran Civil War
Global Sisters Report: The sisters, who lost family members in El Salvador's civil war, will be among the 250,000 people at the beatification ceremony.
Analysis: Soon-to-be-Blessed Oscar Romero modeled what a bishop looks like in a church committed to justice for the poor.
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.
Making a Difference: To the people of Central America, especially the poor and oppressed, Oscar Romero is already a saint.
Former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano Morales is one of 20 Salvadoran military men indicted in 2011 for the murder of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.
The Vatican's chief promoter of Archbishop Oscar Romero's sainthood cause joined the president of El Salvador at a government-sponsored press conference Wednesday to announce officially the date of the slain Salvadoran prelate's beautification: May 23 in San Salvador.
Vandals have damaged a prominent statue of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, recently declared a martyr.
The right hand, which had been holding a cross, was cut off the nearly 10-foot monument, located near Plaza El Divino Salvador del Mundo.
Romero "is very much loved by a vast majority of Salvadorans, but he is also one of the most hated by a small minority," Marisa Martinez of the Archbishop Romero Foundation told Catholic News Service.
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.