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Bespectacled, smiling and with close-cropped hair, the late Archbishop Oscar Romero's visage gazes kindly from postage stamps, handmade busts on sale at the San Salvador cathedral, even from a huge black-dot mural on the side of the Foreign Ministry. Pope Francis will officially make Romero a saint Sunday in the Vatican, nearly three decades after he was martyred by an assassin's bullet to the heart. No place is more of a shrine to Romero than the Chacon family home in San Salvador. It was here that Romero sought refuge, watching TV and dining with the family to forget, even if briefly, the death threats that were mounting daily.Romero's assassin was contracted by right-wing death squads, but none of those who ordered the killing were punished, in part due to an amnesty for civil war-era crimes that was ruled unconstitutional two years ago.The country is now plagued by hyper-violent street gangs, and Chesnut said many Salvadorans turn to Romero for solace from that.Esteban Fuentes, a 55-year-old who has been driving a cab for 35 years in the Salvadoran capital and has a weathered card with an image of Romero hanging from his rear-view mirror, agreed.
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