SAN SALVADOR – Celebrations were underway across El Salvador on Saturday to mark the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero as a Catholic saint.
Romero was assassinated in 1980 by a death squad linked to the country’s military government prior to the outbreak of what was to become a brutal 12-year civil war in the Central American nation in which 75,000 people died.
On Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Romero at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican.
Hundreds of people gathered on Saturday at the Plaza del Divino Salvador del Mundo in the capital, where Romero was beatified in May 2015.
A vigil and photo exhibition charting Romero’s life will be held outside the Metropolitan Cathedral.