|Archbishops Chavez, Romero and Rivera, and Father Grande.|
According to Fr. Tojeira, Archbishop Escobar announced that he would launch a diocesan inquiry, which is the first phase in a canonization process. He made the announcement at a meeting of the clergy on Tuesday March 4. Addressing more than 100 priests, the archbishop said he would initiate proceedings for the beatification of Father Rutilio Grande and “that he had already ordered a priest to begin gathering information to be able to open the diocesan process for the beatification of Rutilio as a martyr,” Tojeira said.
When Pope Francis met with the President of El Salvador in May 2013, the Pope suggested that Father Grande could be the next canonization from El Salvador, after the process for Archbishop Romero was complete. “We are honored that the Archbishop has set his eyes on Rutilio Grande and wants to start the process of beatification,” said Tojeira. “We were already convinced that he was a martyr. We were just waiting for Archbishop Romero to be beatified to introduce the cause of beatification for Rutilio, but the Archbishop is ahead of us.”Father Grande was master of ceremonies when Romero was elevated to bishop. In a famous photo (seen in this post’s header) Father Grande appears alongside Romero as he imparts his pontifical blessing during the ceremony in 1970.