CANONISATION OF PAUL VI, ROMERO
POPE Francis will canonise two of the most important and contested figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church, declaring Pope Paul VI and the martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero models of saintliness for the faithful today.
The ceremony is likely to be emotional for Francis, since he was greatly influenced by both men and privately told confidantes he wanted them made saints during his papacy.
The two represent the epitome of the outward-looking church that Francis has championed, one that is close to the poor and fights injustice.
Paul VI and Romero also endured strong opposition from within the church in life and after death – a fate Francis is experiencing now amid the church’s burgeoning sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
These two towering figures will be canonised along with five others in a ceremony designed to show that holiness can be attained in all walks of life. |