You have probably already heard the joyous news that Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador on Saturday 23 May 2015, the day before Pentecost. Millions of Catholics around the world – including CAFOD supporters, partners and staff – will be celebrating his inspirational life and legacy.
During his three years as Archbishop of San Salvador, CAFOD had a very close relationship with Oscar Romero. We supported his famous radio broadcasts, which, at a time of heavy press censorship, were often the only way people in El Salvador could find out the truth about the atrocities that were happening in their country. We also helped to fund the support given by the Church to thousands of people who had fled their homes because of the violence.
Today, more than 35 years after he was martyred, we continue to be inspired by Archbishop Romero’s words and actions in all that we do. He didn’t simply talk about the need to love our neighbour, but courageously named the injustices that plagued his country. He reminded us that Christ is found in people living in poverty, and that we cannot ignore the suffering of our brothers and sisters in need.
If your parish wishes to celebrate the beatification on or around 23 May, you are most welcome to display this poster in your church or elsewhere: http://goo.gl/tN245q (PDF, 2.3mb. It can be printed as either A3 or A4). The back of the poster includes information about Archbishop Romero’s life, as well as prayers and news about the work of CAFOD’s partners in El Salvador today.
You can find more information and resources about Romero, including photographs, a power point reflection, prayers and resources for school children and young people, at cafod.org.uk/romero
A short 6 minute film celebrating the life and legacy of Oscar Romero can be found at http://youtu.be/IPMJ9UgkBgQ
Thank you so much as ever for your prayers and support for CAFOD’s work. We will continue to pray for the end of global inequality and social injustice in Archbishop Romero’s name.