Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

February 3, 2015 3:15 PM

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Pope moves slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero nearer to sainthood

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday ruled that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified, the Vatican said.

The Vatican said the pope had approved a decree that Romero had been killed "in hatred of the faith", ratifying recommendations by a commission of cardinals and theological experts.

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