Blessed Romero’s martyrdom continued after his murder, pope says

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October 30, 2015

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero pictured in 1979 photo in San Salvador

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is pictured in a 1979 photo in San Salvador. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero did not end with his death because he continued to be slandered even by his fellow priests and bishops, Pope Francis said.

Speaking off-the-cuff to a group of pilgrims from El Salvador Oct. 30, the pope said that he, too, witnessed the Salvadoran archbishop’s reputation tarnished by “misunderstandings and slander.”

“I was a young priest and a witness to this — he was defamed, slandered, his memory tarnished, and his martyrdom continued, including by his brothers in the priesthood and in the episcopate,” the pope said. “This is not hearsay; I heard those things.”

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