Beatifying one of church’s ‘best sons’ cause for great joy, says pope

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May 24, 2015

Priests carry the blood-stained shirt of Archbishop Oscar Romero during his beatification Mass at the Divine Savior of the World square in San Salvador May 23. (CNS photo/Lissette Lemus) See ROMERO-BEATIFY May 23, 2015.

Priests carry the blood-stained shirt of Archbishop Oscar Romero during his beatification Mass at the Divine Savior of the World square in San Salvador May 23. (CNS photo/Lissette Lemus)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — On the occasion of the beatification of El Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Francis sent a note that was read to those present for the May 23 ceremony.

The beatification is reason for great joy, he said, especially “for those of us who find joy in the example of the best sons of the church.”

Archbishop Romero “constructed peace with the force of love, gave testimony of his faith his life,” the pope wrote.

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