Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said that during the canonization of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero at the Vatican he will ask that his country have peace and cease violence, the government reported today.
"Monseñor is alive, it is in our hearts" and tomorrow, during the canonization, "we are going to implore also for El Salvador to be a country that reaches peace, and can live without violence," the president said during the inauguration of a statue of Romero in Rome.
Sánchez Cerén also expressed his "hope" that Father Rutilio Grande, whose cause has been received by the Vatican, will be beatified because El Salvador "is a country of many martyrs."
Pope Francisco will declare a saint this October 14 to Romero, known as "the voice of the voiceless" or "San Romero de América", in the Vatican.
Romero, beatified in May 2015 at a mass, 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 religious was assassinated on March 24, 1980 by an armed right-wing squadron while he was celebrating mass in the chapel of the Divina Providencia cancer hospital in San Salvador, prior to the outbreak of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992).