Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Francis: Romero beatification “is on the right path”

Pope Francis told the President of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), Leonel Bucaro, that the cause of beatification for Archbishop Óscar A. Romerois on the right path” according to a (Spanish language) press release issued by the Central American parliamentarian (of Salvadoran nationality) after a conversation with the pontiff during his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
During the encounter, President Bucaro took the opportunity to ask his Holiness Pope Francis to expedite the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero,” the statement said. The Pope “told him that it is on the right path.” The meeting was the latest of several occasions in which the Holy Father has been lobbied about the Romero case after the ambassador and the First Lady of El Salvador did so on March 19, the Anglican Bishop John Sentamu on March 20, Argentine Nobel laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel on March 21 and June 24, and the President of El Salvador on May 23—among others.
In recent statements, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller indicated that there are no doctrinal reservations against the beatification and that he expected it would be forthcoming.

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