After his assassination, Romero was succeeded by Monsignor Arturo Rivera. In 1997, a cause for beatification and canonization into sainthood was opened for Romero, andPope John Paul II bestowed upon him the title of Servant of God. The canonization process continues. He is considered by some the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador and isoften referred to as "San Romero" by Catholics in El Salvador. Outside of Catholicism, Romero is honored by other religious denominations of Christendom, including the Church of England through theCalendar in Common Worship. He is one of the ten 20th century martyrs who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey in London, a testament to his wide respect even beyond theCatholic Church
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was born on 15 August 1917, to Santos Romero and Guadalupe de Jésus Galdámez in Ciudad Barrios
On 11 May 1919, at the age of one, Óscar was baptisedinto the Catholic Church by Fr. Cecilio Morales. He had 5 brothers and 2 sisters: Gustavo, Zaída, Rómulo, Mamerto, Arnoldo and Gaspar, and Aminta (who died shortly after birth.)
He could often be foundat one of the town's two churches during his free time. At age seven Romero came down with an unknown life-threatening illness, from which he eventually recovered.
Romero entered (government funded)Public school, which only offered grades one through three. When finished with public school, Romero was privately tutored by Anita Iglesias till the age of thirteen. Throughout this time Óscar'sfather, Santos, had been training Romero in carpentry. Romero showed exceptional proficiency as an apprentice. Santos wanted to offer his son the skill of a trade, because in El Salvador studies seldom...