Martyred Salvadoran closer to beatification
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -- Martyred Salvadoran
archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, whose 1980 assassination came to
symbolize death squad terror during El Salvador's civil war, is moving closer
to beatification, a step on the way to sainthood, church officials said on
The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, Fernando Saenz Lacalle,
told reporters the proposal "is currently in the hands of the congregation (in
Rome) for the causes of sainthood."
Saenz said Romero's sponsor in Rome, Monsignor Vincenzo Pala, was
"very influential" within the Vatican.
Romero, who broke church silence on the war by denouncing right-wing
death squads murdering suspected supporters of Marxist rebels, was gunned
down after giving Mass on March 24, 1980.
He was killed at the start of the war in this tiny Central American country
that ended in 1992 after 75,000 people died. His story was told in the
Hollywood movie "Romero" starring the late Raul Julia in the title role.
Guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) signed
a peace accord with the government and now form El Salvador's leading