Slain Salvadoran bishop Romero and Pope Paul VI become saints

Pope Paul VI and El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero pictures are seen during a Mass for their canonisation at the Vatican, October 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century — murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, who reigned over one of the Church’s most turbulent eras and enshrined its opposition to contraception.

In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, Francis declared the two men saints along with five other lesser-known people who were born in Italy, Germany and Spain in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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