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Oscar Romero

Pope Francis declared Óscar Romero a saint

Posted by | Lauren Odderstol

Pope Francis declared Óscar Romero a saint on October 14, 2018.

“Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered in 1980 for speaking out against military oppression, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a Vatican ceremony Oct. 14…

Romero, long considered a saint by Catholics across the Americas, will be elevated to universal veneration at the Vatican ceremony alongside Pope Paul VI, the pontiff who first appointed him a bishop and made the fateful decision in 1977 to make him archbishop of San Salvador.”  – NCR Online

We at Catholic Charities of Oregon are excited by the announcement of his sainthood as Romero was known for speaking out against poverty, social injustice, and inhumane acts of officials. He was active in speaking up for and helping the most poor and marginalized in his community and in the world.

“I have often been threatened with death. I must tell you, as a Christian, I do not believe in death without resurrection. If I am killed, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. I say so without boasting, with the greatest humility. . . . A bishop will die, but God’s church, which is the people, will never perish.” – Saint Oscar Romero

Read more about the ceremony and Saint Óscar here.