Pope denounces priests, bishops who 'defamed' Salvadoran Archbishop Romero after his murder

October 30, 2015 1:39 PM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has strongly denounced the Catholic priests and bishops who "defamed" Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero even after his murder in a campaign that delayed his beatification until earlier this year.

Francis spoke off-the-cuff Friday to a group of Salvadoran pilgrims who traveled to Rome to thank history's first Latin American pope for beatifying Romero, long a hero to the continent's poor and oppressed.

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