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Pope Francis exchanges gift with Bolivian President Evo Morales during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

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

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

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

A pilgrim form Ecuador holds her country's flag on Copacabana beach,  Rio de Janeiro, at the World Youth Day opening Mass in 2013 (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

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

Pope waves to the crowd during his recent trip to the Philippines (CNS)

Reports suggest the Pope is set to travel to Paraguay, Bolivia and Ecuador

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

Pope Francis is welcomed by residents of the shanty town (PA)

The Pope made an impromptu stop in the Tiburtina area on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday

Pope Francis talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Vatican in 2013 (CNS)

President Morales tells his people they must start preparing for a visit from Francis

People attend a prayer service at an evangelical church in Leon, Mexico (CNS)

Losing the Latino faithful

Hispanics are switching in their millions from Catholicism to Protestantism