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Pilgrims gather for Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification Mass (CNS)

Note from the Pope is read out at beatification service on Saturday

Clergy attend the beatification of  Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Vatican cardinal says ‘the memory of Romero continues to live in the poor and the marginalised’

Archbishop Oscar Romero pictured in August 1977 (AP)

The final 24 hours of a martyr

Archbishop Oscar Romero knew that his uncompromising defence of the poor would have only one outcome

Retired Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former director of the Salvadoran national guard, is escorted by police officers upon his arrival at El Salvador International Airport last week (CNS)

Gen Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova has been accused of human rights abuses during the bloody civil war in El Salvador

People look at a painting of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero at the cathedral in San Salvador (CNS)

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in the hatred of the faith 35 years ago today

Oscar Romero will be  beatified in May (AP)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks at ecumenical service for Oscar Romero

A statue of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

A blessedly quick beatification

Romero’s case shows how deeply entrenched John Paul’s reforms to saint-making have become

A volunteer holds posters of Archbishop Oscar Romero at a church in San Salvador (CNS)

Italian newspaper reports that date of beatification ceremony for Salvadoran archbishop killed in ‘hatred of the faith’ has been set

The vandalised statue of Archbishop Romero (CNS)

Archbishop Romero ‘is very much loved by a majority of Salvadorans, but hated by a small minority,’ says campaign group

A volunteer holds posters of killed Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero at a church in San Salvador (Photo: CNS)

Postulator says Benedict ‘unblocked’ the Cause two years ago