Pope Francis canonises Óscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

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Romero, assassinated hero of the Latin American left, and Paul, who cemented church’s opposition to contraception, among seven new saints

Pope Francis has made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century – the murdered Salvadoran archbishop Óscar 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 in the Vatican, 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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