Pope Francis ‘unblocks’ Cause of Archbishop Romero

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Archbishop Romero
Archbishop Romero

Archbishop Romero
On the flight back from South Korea yesterday, Pope Francis discussed a number of issues with journalists accompanying his visit – among them the subject of the Cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The BBC report that the pontiff said: “For me Romero is a man of God…There are no doctrinal problems and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly.”

The BBC added that Pope Francis said the Cause of Archbishop Romero which had been “blocked out of prudence” by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith but has now been “unblocked.”

Huffington Post note that Pope Francis suggested that he wants to expand the church’s concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates. They quote Pope Francis saying: “What I would like is that they clarify when there’s a martyrdom for hatred of the faith – for confessing the faith – as well as for doing the work for the other that Jesus commands.”

For more information on Archbishop Romero see: http://www.romerotrust.org.uk/