In a message sent for the beatification, Pope Francis said Archbishop Romero "built the peace with the power of love, gave testimony of the faith with his life."

The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation, Pope Francis said.

The use of modern media to move and consume news of the beatification of Oscar Romero might be a fitting tribute to the Salvadoran archbishop whose few possessions included an audio diary to ensure the Gospel reached the masses.

"whoever serves the community with courage and self-sacrifice encounters, along with the difficulties and the risks connected to one's role, a high level of self-fulfillment because he or she walks on the same road as our Lord," Pope Francis told Italian state police and family of the fallen.

Members of the Missionaries of Charity had to spend more than two hours waiting at police headquarters for clearance before they could deliver food, blankets and other promised relief to earthquake victims in a remote mountainous area of Nepal.

"It's time for fathers and mothers to come out of their exile — because they have exiled themselves from their children's education — and to fully assume again their educational role," Pope Francis said.

Most of the refugees and migrants attempting to reach Rhodes and the neighboring smaller island of Kos are escaping war and economic hardship, mainly from Pakistan and Syria — especially since the civil war began in 2011 — but they also come from African countries.

Declaring four 19th-century women religious saints, Pope Francis said they are models for all Christians of how faith, nourished in prayer, is expressed concretely in acts of charity and the promotion of unity.

They offered comfort, refreshment and even rides to stranded passengers.

A major study of the religious landscape of the United States shows a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion, with the largest shift occurring among the "millennial" generation.


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