El Salvador: False News on Facebook About Papal Trip

Cause for Blessed Oscar Romero is underway, with possible miracle under review.

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Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez said he didn’t post a message on Facebook on August 13, 2017 claiming that Pope Francis told him he would come to El Salvador for the possible canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Card. Rosa Chavez was made El Salvador’s first cardinal by Pope Francis on June 28, 2017, at the age of 74. He serves as Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador. He was an assistant to Bl. Oscar Romero and remained his friend until the archbishop’s assassination March 24, 1980, at the age of 62

August 15, 2017 will be the centenary of the birth of Bl. Romero on August 15, 1917 in Ciudad Barrios (El Salvador). He was beatified on May 23, 2015 in San Savador.

Canonization requires the authentication of a miracle due to his intercession. A miracle is currently being examined in Rome, announced earlier this year by the postulator of his cause for Sainthood, Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, as reported in the Italian Catholic daily Avvenire.

This case involved the cure of a Salvadoran mother, Cecilia Maribel Flores de Rivas, who was in the seventh month of pregnancy, and who risked dying and losing the baby as a result of complications. Although doctors could not determine a medical explanation, she was cured after invoking the intercession of Bl. Oscar Romero.

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