REFLECTION: Oscar Romero, martyr to the faith

by Thomas Reese, S.J., NCR The decision of Pope Francis to designate Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr comes after decades of controversy and debate within the church. The archbishop was assassinated while saying Mass in 1980 just days after he had told Salvadoran soldiers to disobey their superiors if they were ordered to attack innocent … Continue reading REFLECTION: Oscar Romero, martyr to the faith

NEWS: Pope Francis recognizes Romero as martyr; beatification expected

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. While the Vatican has not announced … Continue reading NEWS: Pope Francis recognizes Romero as martyr; beatification expected