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Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is pictured in a 1979 photo in San Salvador. The official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late archbishop indicated April 22 that the cause would be moving forward. Archbishop Romero was shot dead March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass. His assassination came during the Salvadoran Civil War.
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Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is pictured in a 1979 photo in San Salvador. The official promoter of the sainthood cause of the late archbishop indicated April 22 that the cause would be moving forward. Archbishop Romero was shot dead March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass. His assassination came during the Salvadoran Civil War.

The Vatican process to canonize the slain Salvadoran archbishop, Oscar Romero, has been unblocked.

Archbishop Romero was shot March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass. The Vatican opened his cause in 1993. But the cause was blocked by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Archbishop Romero’s “enemies claimed there were theological errors” in his writings and sermons. “This took years of work to clear up,” said an author who championed the sainthood cause.

The next step in the process is a formal papal declaration that Archbishop Romero died a martyr -- that he was killed because of his faith. Opponents of his cause have claimed his assassination was politically motivated.