On Tuesday March 11, 2015 Pope Francis approved the decree for martyrdom for Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Romero was murdered while celebrating mass on March 24, 1980. By approving the decree this clears the path for Romero for beatification. The beatification is scheduled to be an outdoor mass on May 23, 2015.
“This will be a moment treasured not only for Salvadorians, but for Catholics worldwide. The ceremony will be in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo, Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause, said at a news conference Wednesday in San Salvador.”
The normal process of beatification requires the presence of a verified miracle. This is not the case for those martyred for their faith. Pope Frances appears to be fast tracking Romero through this process. Romero has been considered a saint by the Salvadorian people for years. Through his beatification he will be acknowledged by the Vatican as well.
“When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.” ~ Oscar Romero