Oscar Romero was officially recognised as Blessed on 23 May 2015 in El Salvador and on the 15 August, Romero’s birthday, there will be a Mass to celebrate the Beatification of Oscar Romero at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark at 12:30pm followed by a reception in Amigo Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate.
Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador the capital of El Salvador in Central America. Born in 1917, Romero lived in a time of great oppression and violence which caused him to become committed to the poor and speak out against injustice. It was this commitment that caused Romero and many others in the church to become targeted.
After years of persecution and threats Romero was assassinated on 24 March 1980. Today, Romero is remembered for his courage, his faith and his refusal to give up his love for the poor. ‘Many’ he said, ‘would like the poor to keep on saying it is God’s will for them to live that way. But it is not God’s will for some to have everything and others to have nothing. That cannot be of God.’
Oscar Romero’s memory is a source of strength and encouragement for millions of people throughout the world.
If you would like to commemorate Romero in your own parish, there are some resources on the CAFOD website that might help you. You can access them by following this link: http://www.cafod.org.uk/Pray/Romero
- A reflection
- Prayers of intercessions
For more information about CADOD’s work in El Salvador visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/About-Us/Where-we-work/Latin-America-Caribbean/El-Salvador