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Salvadoran Angelenos celebrate Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification
Salvadoran Angelenos celebrate Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification

Carmen Sanchez fought back tears as she waived her tiny Salvadoran flag in MacArthur Park. "I've waited for this day a very long time," the Westlake resident said. "Finally, this person who sacrificed everything for his pueblo will get the recognition he deserves." On Saturday, she joined a crowd of Salvadorans in observing the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, a ceremony that puts one of Latin America's most cherished and controversial religious figures one step closer to becoming a Catholic saint. The canonization of Romero, who was assassinated by a right-wing death squad as he performed Mass 35 years ago, was long resisted by conservative...

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