June 3, 2013

Pope Francis received a bloodstained relic of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero as a gift from El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes Cartagena.

Funes had told the media before his May 23 trip that the main aim of his visit with the pope would be to express his gratitude that Romero’s canonization process had been “unblocked” and to encourage the sainthood process to move forward.

The Vatican said the pope and Funes talked about Romero and “the importance of his witness for the whole nation” of El Salvador.