Pope Francis Recognizes Salvaroran Bishop Oscar Romero as a Martyr

February 3, 2015 3:47 PM

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Pope Francis Recognizes Salvaroran Bishop Oscar Romero as a Martyr

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally declared Salvadorean Archbishop Oscar Romero was a martyr for the Catholic faith, just months after lifting a ban on the beautification of the Archbishop.

Romero, who was killed by right-wing militants in 1980 after speaking out against army repression at the start of the country’s bloody civil war, has long been seen as a hero among Latin American Catholics.

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