Postulator optimistic about Romero beatification

Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator for the cause for beatification of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, has told the National Catholic Reporter's Rome correspondent John Allen that he believes he will have good news "within a month".

Allen reported in his weekly website column on Friday that Bishop Paglia, a longtime associate of the Sant'Egidio movement, told him: "I'll tell you everything within a month. Give me a month, and you'll know it all."

"Anyway, I can tell you this much," he continued. "The Holy Father looks on it very favourably" (literally, di buon occhio, "with a good eye").

Pressed further, Bishop Paglia said: "I'm optimistic."

Archbishop Romero was assassinated in 1980. Originally regarded as a conservative, he witnessed numerous violations of human rights, after which he began a ministry speaking out on behalf of the poor and victims of the country's civil war. He was killed by gunshot while consecrating the Eucharist during mass. His death finally provoked an international outcry for human rights reform in El Salvador.

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13 Sep 2005