Pope Francis canonises Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century – murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the Church’s most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception.

In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis declared the two men saints along with five other lesser-known people who were born in Italy, Germany and Spain in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Both Archbishop Romero, who was shot by a right-wing death squad while saying Mass in 1980, and Pope Paul, who guided the Church through the conclusion of the modernising 1962-65 Second Vatican Council, were contested figures within and without the Church.


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