Additional Details About Future Beautification of Archbishop Romero

On the morning of February 3, 2015, the Roman Catholic Church’s commission of cardinals unanimously confirmed the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero and that same afternoon Pope Francis did the same. February 3 is also the day that Romero was named Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. [1]

The date of the beatification is being determined by the Vatican, but the place will be the Salvador del Mundo (Savior of the World) monument and plaza in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

Super Martyrio, a layman’s blog devoted to the beatification and canonization of Romero, asserts that the determination of Romero’s martyrdom is significant for the following reasons:

  1. Archbishop Romero represents total fidelity to the Gospel and to the Church.
  2. Archbishop Romero is emblematic of the “New Martyrs”.
  3. Archbishop Romero is a model of holiness.
  4. Archbishop Romero is a peacemaker.
  5. Archbishop Romero embodies a coherent Christianity
  6. Archbishop Romero challenges us to be a Church that goes forth into the world.
  7. Archbishop Romero is a guide for the “preferential option for the poor”.
  8. Archbishop Romero challenged all parties to work together for the common good.
  9. Archbishop Romero is a great preacher.
  10. Archbishop Romero is recognized beyond the Church.

Great News! Muchas gracias, Super Martyrio, for your constant and excellent work on this most important cause!


[1] This post is based upon Tim’s El Salvador Blog, St. Romero of the Americas (Feb. 3, 2015)(this blog post also has links to sources about Romero); Super Martyrio, At last, a speedy approval for Romero (Feb. 3, 2015)(extensive discussion of the reasons for the long delay in determining martyrdom); Super Martyrio, Ten reasons Romero matters (Feb. 3, 2015). 

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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  1. Comment: Recent Articles about Oscar Romero

    Tim’s El Salvador Blog for February 7 has the following list of recent hyperlinked articles in English about Oscar Romero:

    ‘The people in the parish have been waiting and waiting for this’ | National Catholic Reporter
    How Pope’s Nod To Slain Archbishop Romero Energizes Catholic Left – NBC
    Why it’s such a big deal that Oscar Romero was declared a martyr by Pope Francis – The Washington Post
    Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope : NPR
    Oscar Romero’s Path to Sainthood a Cause for Rejoicing… and Not Just for Catholics | Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.
    Oscar Romero and the politics of canonization
    Archbishop Romero’s Witness a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Self-Centered Society | Daily News |
    Pope Francis Just Showed He’s Not Afraid to Part With the American Right | TIME
    Pope Francis Declares Oscar Romero a Martyr, Embarrassing Reaganites | The New Republic
    SUPER MARTYRIO blog: Ten reasons Romero matters

    Tim’s El Salvador Blog, Reflections on Oscar Romero (Feb. 7, 2015),

    His blog has 71 other posts about Romero.

    Muchas Gracias, Tim!

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