Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI Elevated To Sainthood

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Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador who spoke up for the poor and oppressed, and Pope Paul VI, the former pontiff who declared birth control “intrinsically wrong,” were declared saints on Sunday morning in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

The ceremony featured seven new saints all told, including, as the Vatican put it, “five other lesser-known blessed.”

Romero, who stood up to a violent regime, was killed by a right-wing death squad on a church altar in 1980. He was a strong influence on Pope Francis, who was born in Argentina, NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli reports.

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