On that day, the family of a severely ill Costa Rican woman reportedly prayed to the beatified pontiff for her recovery.
Someday in the not too distant future, Romero will be beatified.
She told The Daily Beast that she had done the same thing in 2011 when John Paul II was beatified.
1530s, "to make very happy," from Middle French béatifer, from Late Latin beatificare "make happy, make blessed," from Latin beatus "supremely happy, blessed" (past participle of beare "to make happy, to bless") + -ficare, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization. Related: Beatified; beatifying.