Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonisations of Blessed Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, said Paul VI would be declared a saint in late October at the end of the synod on youth. Blessed Paul, who was born Giovanni Battista Montini, was pope from 1963 to 1978.

Blessed Oscar’s canonisation date has not been announced. The archbishop was shot dead in 1980 while celebrating Mass in a hospital chapel.

Manuel Roberto Lopez, El Salvador’s ambassador to the Holy See, welcomed the announcement. “To see that he will be canonised along with Paul VI, who was a great friend of Archbishop Romero and supported his work, is a great blessing,” he said.

Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli, meanwhile, told the New York Times: “It’s not a coincidence that the Vatican announced them together. They both cared for the poor and social justice, and Pope Paul VI encouraged Romero all his life long.”

A Salvadoran newspaper published an account of the miracle that cleared the way for Romero’s canonisation.

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