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Pope Paul VI, slain archbishop Romero, German nun to be canonized in October

By Annette Reuther

May 21. 2018 3:46AM
A tapestry depicting Pope Paul VI hangs on the balcony of St Peter Basilica during the holy mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Oct. 19, 2014 in Vatican City. (ddp images/Sipa USA/TNS)

ROME -- Pope Paul VI, El Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and German nun Maria Katharina Kasper will be canonized as Roman Catholic saints Oct. 14 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis made the announcement Saturday during a meeting with cardinals to confirm the canonizations.

The ceremony is due to take place as part of an October Vatican summit of world bishops, or synod, dedicated to young people.

Paul was pope from 1963 to 1978 and is remembered for closing the Second Vatican Council, which led to far-reaching changes in the church, such as abolishing the Latin Mass for ordinary services.

Paul also confirmed the Church's long-standing ban on abortion and the use of artificial contraceptives with the 1968 release of the Humanae Vitae encyclical.

Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, was a critic of human rights violations committed by the army and leftist rebels at the start of El Salvador's 1980-92 civil war.

He was killed by a right-wing sniper in 1980 while celebrating Mass.

Kasper, born in 1820 in southwest Germany, founded the religious order of the Dernbacher Sisters, or the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, who care for the old and the sick.

Her community is represented in several countries and today includes about 600 nuns.

Paul declared Kasper blessed in 1978.


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