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Catholic faithful participate in an Ash Wednesday service in Panchimalco, El Salvador. Police in some Salvadoran cities have begun patrolling in an effort to prevent violence during Holy Week. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters)

Police are stepping up patrols and parishes are taking steps to avoid shoot-outs between rival gangs

Iron Maiden stopped in El Salvador on their latest world tour (AP)

The heavy metal band also paid tribute to the murdered priest during a concert in San Salvador

An American delegate looks at photos in a museum dedicated to the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

Three nuns and and a lay missionary were abducted and murdered by members of the National Guard

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

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

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