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Pope, Salvadoran president discuss Archbishop Romero

May 23, 2013

Pope Francis met on May 23 with El Salvador’s President Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena, for a conversation that highlighted the role of the slain Archbishop Oscar Romero in the life of the Central American country.

The Pope and the Salvadoran leader also spoke about the role of the Church in El Salvador, and public issues including the right to life and the preservation of marriage.

A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting indicated that Archbishop Romero had been a subject of the conversation, but did not directly address the question of the Salvadoran prelate’s cause for beatification.


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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - May. 24, 2013 12:12 AM ET USA

    As the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the first pope from Latin America Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis shares a demographic and social kinship with the late Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. As bishops in poor countries they were intimately acquainted with the many forms of social injustice and repression visited upon the powerless by the government. Servant of God, Archbishop Romero made the ultimate sacrifice giving his life for speaking up in defense of the poor.