Pope Francis Canonizes Pro-life Champions

Pope Paul VI Oscar Romero
Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero

The Holy Father canonizde Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero on October 14, 2018, during the Synod of Bishops on the topic of young people and the faith and vocational discernment.

Blessed Paul VI was elected to the pontificate on June 21, 1963 and served until his death on August 6, 1978. He became the first pope to visit six continents and was known as “the Pilgrim Pope” on account of all his travelling. He reconvened the Second Vatican Council after the death of John XXIII and then closed the Council in 1965. He took charge of introducing and implementing the conciliar documents. Among other documents, he gave the Church the encyclical Humanae Vitae in which he speaks on the beauty of human love, respect for the natural order concerning the transmission of human life, and the Church’s teaching on procreation.

“Marriage, then, is far from being the effect of chance or the result of the blind evolution of natural forces. It is in reality the wise and provident institution of God the Creator, whose purpose was to effect in man His loving design. As a consequence, husband and wife, through that mutual gift of themselves, which is specific and exclusive to them alone, develop that union of two persons in which they perfect one another, cooperating with God in the generation and rearing of new lives” (Humanae Vitae, 8).

Óscar Romero will be the first saint of El Salvador. He served as archbishop of San Salvador and worked tirelessly to promote human dignity, especially through his outspoken opposition to any form of violence. He is known for his efforts in defending human rights and for promoting justice and peace, especially for the poor and marginalized. He was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass and Pope Francis affirmed his death was for the Faith.

“Each one of you has to be God’s microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptized…Where is your baptism? You are baptized in your professions, in the fields of workers, in the market. Wherever there is someone who has been baptized, that is where the church is. There is a prophet there. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people.” – Óscar Romero

To read an article on these future saints by the National Catholic Register, please click on the link below.
Blesseds Oscar Romero and Paul VI will be canonized Oct. 14

Paul VI and Oscar Romero, pray for us!




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