El Sal­vador arch­bishop long seen as saint

Manila Bulletin - - World News -

SAN SAL­VADOR, El Sal­vador (AP) — Be­spec­ta­cled, smil­ing and with close­cropped hair, the late Arch­bishop Os­car Romero’s vis­age gazes kindly from postage stamps, hand­made busts on sale at the San Sal­vador cathe­dral, even from a huge black-dot mu­ral on the side of the For­eign Min­istry.

On Sun­day in the Vat­i­can, Pope Fran­cis will of­fi­cially make Romero a saint nearly four decades af­ter he was mar­tyred by an as­sas­sin’s bul­let to the heart. But for many Sal­vado­ran Ro­man Catholic devo­tees who al­ready know him as “Saint Romero of the Amer­i­cas” that will only for­mal­ize some­thing they have long known in their hearts.

“He was a great man. He al­ready was a saint,” said Jose David San­tos, 73, in a re­cent in­ter­view be­fore trav­el­ing to Rome along with 5,000 other Sal­vado­rans to be present for the can­on­iza­tion.

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