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Costa Rica’s Second Archbishop, a Social Reformer, Proposed for Beatification

LADB Article ID: 80276
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2017-04-27
By: George Rodríguez

Costa Rica’s second archbishop, Víctor Manuel Sanabria, who made instrumental contributions to this country’s groundbreaking social reform in the 1940s, could become Central America’s third saint.The cause for Sanabria’s beatification was brought up during a visit to Rome by the Conferencia Episcopal de Costa Rica (Costa Rica Bishops’ Conference, CECOR), which took place Feb. 13-18 and included a Vatican meeting with Pope Francis. During the visit, Cartago Bishop José Francisco Ulloa promoted Sanabria’s cause at a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. A first initiative on behalf of Sanabria took place in 1997, but did not make progress.Central America has seen two religious leaders become saints in the last 13 years. The first was Pedro de San José Betancur (1626-1667), a Spanish Franciscan monk devoted to working with the poor. The second person from the region to become a saint was Óscar Arnulfo Romero (1917-1980), who served as the Archbishop of San Salvador between 1977 and 1980.

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