This Sunday, 14th October 2018, Pope Francis will canonize as saints of the Church, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI. He will also beatify a number of others including Carlos de Dios Murias and his companions Fr Gabriel Longueville and Mr. Wenceslao Pedernera. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of El Salvador when he was killed by a gunman as he celebrated the Eucharist on 24th March 1980 during the brutal civil war in his country.
Pope Paul VI was Pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. He led the Church through a turbulent time of social change and change in the Church after the Second Vatican Council.
Gabriel Longueville, Carlos de Dios Murias and Wenceslao Pedernera were murdered by the military during Argentina's so called 'dirty war' in the late 1970's.
In this week's interview, we speak with Mr. John Cleary, a native of Wexford, who was a missionary in Argentina with the Pallotines from the mid-1970's until the mid-1980's. Here he recalls that turbulent time in Argentina and in South America and the tough task of Pope Paul VI to lead the Church through a very difficult period of her history.
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