Last week the Vatican announced Pope Francis recognized second miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Óscar Romero, the final step on their path to sainthood.

Earlier this year on March 6th during a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, Pope Francis signed decrees recognizing the first miracles attributed to Blessed Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero and advanced their causes for the sainthood.

Last week, the Vatican announced that on May 19th, an ordinary public consistory will be held where Pope Francis will meet with resident cardinals in Rome, invited bishops, and other dignitaries to finalize the approval of six canonizations following recognition of second miracles. Among those six are Blessed Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero. The meeting formally ends the canonization process of approving a new saint.

Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero meeting in June 1978

The exact dates for the canonization ceremonies are expected to be announced shortly following the conclusion of the consistory meeting. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, has stated that Blessed Paul VI’s canonization will take place at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment scheduled for later this year on October 3rd to 28th. Blessed Oscar Romero could also be canonized at the synod as well, but it is more likely he will be canonized during World Youth Day in Panama given his significance in Latin America.

The miracle approved for Blessed Pope Paul VI involved the scientifically inexplicable healthy birth of a high-risk pregnancy. Blessed Oscar Romero’s miracle involved the saving of a woman close to death after giving birth.

Following the announcement, El Salvador’s ambassador to the Holy See Manuel Roberto Lopez said he was happy to Blessed Romero’s canonization was imminent alongside one of his earliest supporters Blessed Paul VI.

“To see that he will be canonized along with Blessed Paul VI, who was a great friend of Archbishop Romero and supported his work, is a great blessing.”

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