WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Though church authorities in El Salvador
said they would wait to give more details of a Vatican-approved miracle
has cleared the way for the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero, a
Salvadoran newspaper March 8 published an account of a 35-year-old woman
who said her husband's
prayer asking for the intercession of Blessed Romero saved her life.
The newspaper El Diario de Hoy, which publishes the online
version ElSalvador.com, said a woman named Cecilia in August 2015 had been
having problems with her pregnancy. After she gave birth, she was diagnosed
with HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening condition that affects some pregnant women and damages
The newspaper story said a doctor told Cecilia's husband
that her liver and a kidney were damaged and, "if you believe in something, in
a god, (pray) for her because the way she is, it's likely that she'll die."
HELLP is an
abbreviation of the three main features of the syndrome: hemolysis, elevated liver
enzymes and low platelet count.
The husband went home to pray, opened a Bible his
grandmother had given him, saw a card with Blessed Romero's image in it, and even
though he'd had an "aversion" to his grandmother's prayers to the slain
Salvadoran archbishop, he prayed for his intercession, the story said.
Though Cecilia had
slipped into a coma, she awoke Sept. 10 and made a full recovery, the
The couple told the newspaper they knew it was a miracle and
decided not to tell anyone about it but eventually confided in their pastor, who
secured the documentation to send to the Vatican. On March 7, the Vatican announced that the
decree approving a miracle attributed to Blessed Romero's intercession had been
Blessed Romero was assassinated March 24, 1980, as he
celebrated Mass following several public denunciations of violence against
civilians in the Central America nation. He had spoken out against
injustice toward the poor that was leading to a conflict that would last 12
years and leave more than 70,000 dead. He was beatified May 23, 2015.
At a meeting March 6
with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes,
Pope Francis formally signed the decree recognizing the miracle needed to
advance the sainthood cause of Blessed Romero. No date has been announced for