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El Salvador gears up for archbishop's beatification ceremony
El Salvador gears up for archbishop's beatification ceremony

A troubled El Salvador will pause this weekend from the daily drumbeat of murder and mayhem to observe the elevation toward sainthood of one of the most cherished and controversial religious figures in the Americas, Archbishop Oscar Romero, slain by a right-wing death squad as he said Mass 35 years ago. More than 250,000 pilgrims from all over the world are expected here to honor Romero's beatification, a cause that was resisted for decades by conservative forces both in Central America and at the Vatican — and fulfilled finally by Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, who declared Romero unequivocally a martyr. "This is a blessing for El Salvador and for all of...

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