Paul VI and Oscar Romero to be canonised

Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero (CNS/Octavio Duran)

Pope Francis has signed a decree recognising the second miracles needed for Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero to become saints, clearing the way for their canonisations. Source: CNS.

At a meeting on Tuesday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women — among them a pope, an archbishop, two young laywomen and a number of priests and nuns.

He recognised a miracle attributed to Blessed Paul, who, according Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, will be declared a saint in late October at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment. Blessed Paul, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini, was pope from 1963 to 1978.

Pope Francis also formally signed the decree recognising the miracle needed to advance the sainthood cause of Archbishop Romero of San Salvador, martyr.

El Salvador’s ambassador to the Holy See, Manuel Roberto Lopez, told CNS yesterday that the news of the Pope’s approval “took us by surprise.”

“They told us before that the process was going well and that all we needed was the approval of the miracle, and it turns out the Pope approved it yesterday,” he said.

Mr Lopez told CNS that he was happy that Blessed Oscar Romero’s canonisation was imminent and that his holiness was recognised alongside one of his earliest supporters.

“To see that he will be canonised along with (Blessed) Paul VI, who was a great friend of Archbishop Romero and supported his work, is a great blessing,” Lopez said.

The Vatican did not announce a date for Blessed Romero’s canonisation.

Pope Francis also recognised the miracles needed for the canonisation of: Fr Francesco Spinelli of Italy, founder of the Sisters Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Fr Vincenzo Romano of Italy; and Mother Maria Katharina Kasper, founder of the religious congregation, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

The Pope also recognised the martyrdom of a 16-year-old girl from Slovakia. Anna Kolesarova, who lived from 1928 to 1944 in the eastern town of Pavlovce, was murdered during Slovakia’s occupation by the Soviet army in World War II after refusing sexual favours to a Russian soldier.


Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood (CNS)

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