By Joshua McElwee, NCR
VATICAN CITY–Pope Francis formally declared Tuesday that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith, and the beatification of the prelate who was shot dead after radically calling on the church to stand with the poor is expected within months.
The note from the Vatican on the matter was typically brief, saying Francis had authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate a decree of: “The martyrdom of Servant of God Oscar Arnolfo Romero Galdámez, Archbishop of San Salvador … killed, in hatred of the faith, March 24, 1980, in San Salvador.”
Francis’ declaration Tuesday essentially clears the way for Romero’s beatification. While such recognition normally requires that a miracle be proven to have been caused by the deceased person, martyrs of the faith do not have to meet that requirement…