The Ministry of Health (Minsal) of El Salvador today recommended vaccination against measles to those who travel to the Vatican for the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, to be held on October 14.
The director of Infectious Diseases of the Minsal, Eduardo Suarez, explained, during an interview on the state channel, that people who attend this activity "run the risk of contracting an endemic disease present in that place (Vatican)."
"From the Ministry of Health we urge that those who are going to travel to the canonization be vaccinated against measles (…) vaccination will also prevent you from bringing to the country any disease that we already have under control," he added.
Blessed Romero will be canonized along with Paul VI during the Synod of Bishops, the assembly of prelates from all over the world to the Vatican where issues related to youth will be addressed, which will be held from October 3 to 28.
Romero, beatified in May 2015, was characterized by constantly denouncing in his homilies the attacks of the security forces against the civilian population and other violations of human rights.
The martyr was murdered on March 24, 1980 by an armed right-wing squadron while he was officiating in the chapel of the Divina Providencia cancer hospital in San Salvador, in the days prior to the outbreak of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992). .