Oscar Romero and Paul VI to be named Saints

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has cleared the way for slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint, declaring that the churchman who became a hero for standing up for the poor and oppressed should be canonized along with the reformer Paul VI.

Francis signed a decree confirming miracles attributed to two of the most important progressive figures in the 20th-century Catholic Church during a meeting with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, the Vatican said Wednesday (7 March).

No date was set for either canonization. Vatican officials have previously said Paul VI would likely be canonized in October, during a big Vatican meeting of bishops.

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Anglicans have not added new Saints since the time of the schism with the Church of Rome in the 1530’s. We do (and may) however recognize people of notable holiness on certain days in the liturgical calendar.

By nature of their lives and their ministry in the Early Church, all Apostles are Saints as are all Evangelists. In addition to these Holy Days, there are other days on which tribute can be made for others who have notably served Christ and his Church. They are not Saints in the original sense, but rather are individuals who are recognized for the impact they had on the life and imagination of the Church. You can read about Principal Holy Days, other Holy Days, and days of Memorials and Commemorations in the Book of Alternative Services pp 19-21. In the Anglican Church of Canada, the calendar of Saints is officially referred to as the Canadian Calendar of Holy Persons.

 

 

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  1. Nancy Fairweather on 8 March 2018 at 10:06 PM

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