The Martyrs Walk

A very atmospheric and moving evening

By 6:30pm the square is buzzing with crowds of people with banners and song. There are over 4,000 people expected to take part.

The procession is not only in memory of in memory of murdered Jesuit priest João Bosco Burnier who was murdered here for contesting the detainment and torture of two indigenous women,  but for thousands of others who have died in the struggle for justice across Latin America and the world.

Across the square there are banners representing João Bosco Burnier, Sister Dorothy Sang , João Bosco Burnier and members of CAFOD Partner organisation CPT who were all murdered for standing up for Justice.

There is now a large Easter Vigil type fire burning in the square. There are dancing, hymns and prayer as we take light from the fire for our torches. It reminds me of my previous pilgrimages to Lourdes with the HCPT and miles of candles in the air.

Pilgrims sing “Oscar Romero Presente”  Oscar Romero is present, “Chico Mendes Presente, João Bosco Presente”

We walk for over an hour with our candles and CAFOD Banner to the chapel on the site where João Bosco was murdered.

We visit the Martyrs Chapel which has photos of some of the more famous martyrs of recent years in Latin America.

It is a very atmospheric and moving evening.

There is then a concert and festival on a big stage with many songs about freedom and the struggle. We then head for bed which is on the floor of a local school. It is much more comfortable than the bus!!!

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