Pope Francis has on Sunday in a ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims raised slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to sainthood.
Francis wore a blood-stained rope belt that belongs to Romero, who was killed at the altar, Pope Francis led the canonization ceremony in the presence of 60,000 pilgrims even more and heads of state from across the globe.
He also use a chalice and pastoral staff belonging to Paul VI in a canonization being seen as a reminder of Francis’s call for “a poor church for the poor”.
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Pope Francis hailed both men for their courage in hard times and their dedication to social justice and helping the downtrodden.
Their big portraits were debuted on Saint Peter’s Basilica, inline with five other new saints, including an orphaned youth and a German nun.