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Vatican official sees movement on El Salvador sainthood case

Murdered archbishop Oscar Romero 'getting closer'

Vatican official sees movement on El Salvador sainthood case

Vatican City, April 22 - Pope Francis has asked for a rapid conclusion to the process of beatifying a murdered archbishop in El Salvador, a Vatican official said Monday. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, was shot dead by a member of a suspected right-wing death squad while celebrating mass on March 24, 1980. Romero, the subject of popular Hollywood films as well as numerous news articles, had become a supporter of the opposition during a bloody civil war in his central American country. It's believed that his vocal opposition to the violence of the dictatorship in El Salvador made him many enemies within the regime and led to his assassination. "The path of beatification has been cleared," Vincenzo Paglia, who is responsible for the sainthood case of Romero, said Monday. Some in the Church establishment have viewed Romero's case with skepticism because he has been linked with the controversial liberation theology movement.

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