arquidiocesis san salvador
San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - El Salvador yesterday celebrated the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of San Oscar Arnulfo Romero, assassinated on March 24, 1980 in the chapel of the Divine Providence hospital while celebrating mass. In 1994 his successor Archbishop of San Salvador, Archbishop Arturo Rivera y Damas, began his beatification process. In 2000 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith began studying all of Romero's speeches. In 2005 the postulator of the cause, Italian Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, publicly assured that "Romero was not a revolutionary Bishop, but a man of Church, of the Gospel and of the poor".
In fact, Romero's beatification cause was blocked for years. The cause was unblocked under the pontificate of Pope Francis in 2013, and in 2015 the decree was approved recognizing the martyrdom of Romero for "hatred of the faith" and therefore his beatification was celebrated on 23 May 2015. The decree with the recognition of the miracle that occurred through the intercession of the Blessed Monsignor Romero was signed by Pope Francis on March 7, 2018, and opened the doors to his canonization, together with that of Blessed Paul VI, of two priests, two religious women and a lay faithful, on October 14, 2018 in Rome. The liturgy of the canonization took place in St. Peter's square, presided over by Pope Francis. At the same time, in his hometown, a vigil was held to live the canonization of the first Saint of El Salvador.
This note on the 40th anniversary of the Salvadoran Saint's death was sent to Fides together with a video presenting the testimony of ordinary people, faithful from all over the country, who live on the example of the one who "was the voice of those who never had voice". The Mass of this anniversary was celebrated by the current Archbishop of San Salvador, Mgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, on the tomb of Mgr. Romero and broadcast live on Facebook for the whole population and the faithful who were unable to go to his grave fue to the health emergency that id also affecting this country. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 25/3/2020)