Slain Salvadoran archbishop Romero moves closer to sainthood - World

January 9, 2015 5:14 PM

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The 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, has moved closer to being declared a saint.

Avvenire, the official newspaper of Italy's Roman Catholic bishops, reported on Friday that a Vatican theological commission had ruled that Romero had been killed "in hatred of the faith", meaning that he will be considered a martyr.

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