VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has cleared the way for slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint, declaring that the churchman who became a hero for standing up for the poor and oppressed should be canonized along with the reformer Pope Paul VI.

Francis signed a decree confirming miracles attributed to two of the most important progressive figures in the 20th-century Catholic Church during a meeting with the head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, the Vatican said Wednesday (March 7).

No date was set for either canonization. Vatican officials have previously said Paul VI would likely be

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