Pope Francis surprised some this week by lending his measured support for U.S. military intervention in Iraq. On the trip home from a visit to South Korea, he said it was permissible to use force to stop an “unjust aggressor.” The pope also said he had cleared the way for Oscar Romero to be beatified. Romero was the archbishop of San Salvador and an influential figure in the liberation theology movement. He was assassinated in 1980 by Salvadoran troops. The pope was coming off a busy week of activity in South Korea. He beatified 124 Korean martyrs in a mass before a crowd of 800,000. He also met with many lay people and visited a home for disabled adults and children.
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