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*Pope Francis decrees that Archbishop Oscar Romero, of El Salvador, was killed in 1980 “in hatred of faith,” and not for political reasons. VL

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons.

Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass.

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