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Fernando Cardenal was minister of education and led a literacy campaign under Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s.
Today, Salvadorans will remember Archbishop Oscar Romero at masses in his honor across the country, and with a ceremony in San Salvador cathedral led by Panamanian Cardinal José Luis Lacunza.
The pontiff credited with helping to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe – and whose canonization was made possible by a supposed miracle in Costa Rica – was accused of backing right-wing dictators in Latin America including Augusto Pinochet in Chile during the Cold War.
Floribeth Mora, a 50-year-old Costa Rican, has now become a sort of religious icon herself.