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Message from the Ecclesiastical Assistant of SIGNIS on the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero

Message from the Ecclesiastical Assistant of SIGNIS on the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero

Mexico, March, 14th, 2018 (Luis García Orso, S.J.). A decree signed by Pope Francis on March 6, 2018, authorizes the canonization of the Salvadoran martyr, Blessed Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, murdered on March 24, 1980, in the chapel of the hospital of La Divina Providencia, in San Salvador. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator of the cause for his canonization, hopes that the saint's intercession will help Latin America to move more decisively towards social justice, and help the whole world to see that achieving peace requires giving one's life for others. The Cardinal of El Salvador, Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez, said that the canonization of Archbishop Romero is "…a gift for the country that is going through so much violence. It offers hope and an opportunity for the people to unite". For the members of SIGNIS, the saint's intercession means enormous spiritual support for our mission to communicate truth and hope everywhere in our world. The future saint, Blessed Óscar Romero, was already named patron of SIGNIS in May, 2015. Thirty-eight years after his murder, the voice of Óscar Romero continues to be heard today thanks to the radio, a means of communication for which the Archbishop felt a special affinity. He used it as an instrument of evangelization and of dialogue with the people in order  to achieve reconciliation and the peace. He was the "voice of the voiceless", the prophet sent by the Lord, the voice of God speaking out in favor of the poor even at the cost of his own life. Archbishop Romero, before being killed, synthesized in one phrase what he considered to be the mission of Social Media: to be instruments at the service of the people for the transformation of society. For him, as for the Church, social communications media must liberate the truth from all the interests that try to subjugate it, be they economic or political or ideological interests, so that communication truly takes the side of the Reign of God, of its concerns, of the life of dignity that God wants for all his sons and daughters. Communicating the truth is about not accepting lies and falsehood, nor the covering up of reality, nor the manipulation of information. To communicate the truth is to give to the poor their turn to speak--to them and to all those who have no voice in society.  It is to defend them as God defends them. To communicate the truth is to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which proclaims life for all, a message of hope to encourage us in our daily work, a call for true justice and dignity. Archbishop Romero is a role model for all communicators and for SIGNIS in our mission to be at the service of the truth. We entrust our work to him.  Saint Romero of America is today a saint for the whole Church.
Archbishop Oscar Romero, patron of SIGNIS, will be canonized

Archbishop Oscar Romero, patron of SIGNIS, will be canonized

(EWTN). The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero. With a second miracle approved, the path has been cleared for a date to be set for the canonization of each of the five candidates, allowing them to officially be declared a saint. Though no date has yet been announced, both Paul VI and Oscar Romero are expected to be canonized together during the Synod of Bishops in October. Bl. Oscar Romero, who was beatified by Pope Francis May 23, 2015, in El Salvador, was the archbishop of the nation's capital city of San Salvador. He was shot while celebrating Mass March 24, 1980, during the birth of a civil war between leftist guerrilla forces and the dictatorial government of the right. An outspoken critic of the violence and injustices being committed at the time, Romero was declared a martyr who was killed in hatred of the faith for his vocal defense of human rights. The Vatican made the announcement about the acceptance of the miracles March 7, following a meeting between Pope Francis and Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the day before. During the meeting, Francis advanced a total of 13 saints' causes, recognizing at least one person as a martyr and allowing one religious sister to be beatified.