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.
Salvadoran Civil War
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.
A centrist, Robert White argued for a negotiated -- not military -- solution to the civil war beginning to ravage El Salvador.
Young Voices: I was moved to witness God's inspiration and work in the lives of even younger voices at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
"This trip is an opportunity to deeply understand the history of El Salvador, the history of the martyrs and what their legacy was."
I fell madly in love with El Salvador 20 years ago. I suppose the conditions were perfect -- two years after the peace accords; a connection with the humanity of the hospitable and organized community of Las Vueltas; encouragement from a trusted teacher to examine my own privilege and opportunity as a U.S. citizen to incite change; and midway through a transition myself. This 17-year-old kid was looking for the next step, the new frontier, and I wanted to commit myself to a just relationship.
Distinctly Catholic: The Salvadoran church is poised to make a major announcement. Could it be that Archbishop Oscar Romero will soon be beatified?
A judge in Miami ruled that former Salvadoran Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia "assisted or otherwise participated in" torture and assassinations, including the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
El Salvador's next president is not likely to end the country's controversial amnesty law that has shielded war criminals from prosecution in the killings of thousands of Salvadorans.