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AT THE FIRST SIGN OF DANGER THE SHEPHERD CANNOT RUN AND LEAVE THE SHEEP TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES – ST OSCAR ROMERO

” ‘I will stay with my people’

Many of our readers will remember the assassination of Archbishop Romero of San Salvador in 1980. Killed because he stood up for his oppressed people. He made public the horrific crimes being committed, many of them by agents of the government. Because of this he was under constant threat of death. But he would not be silenced, and to those who suggested that he go into hiding or exile he said, ‘At the first sign of danger the shepherd cannot run and leave the sheep to fend for themselves. I will stay with my people.’

He was shot dead while he was saying Mass – another martyr for Christ

He was shot dead in March 1980 while he was saying Mass, another martyr for Christ. While every century of the Church has seen its share of martyrs there were many more Christians martyred in the twentieth century than in all other centuries combined. We thank God for them and for the witness they gave, but giving one’s life for Christ is asked only of the few.

We are called to stand up for our faith 

All of us, however, are called to stand up for our beliefs especially today when faith and Christian values are being ignored more and more. In some situations it can take courage to admit to being a Christian. But Christ tells us not to be fearful, that He is always with us. We struggle at times to be faithful. But we are strengthened by his assurance to help, by his presence with us on the journey, and by his promise to be there at the end of our lives to present us to the Father. ‘If anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in Heaven’ (Mt 10).”

– This article was published in Saint Martin Magazine, issue June 2015. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).

 

 

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ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO WAS TRULY A SAINT AND ALSO A MARTYR – WHY DOES HIS BEATIFICATION TAKE SO LONG?

EL SALVADOR AND THE REST OF THE WORLD ARE WAITING

“When Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, promoter for the cause for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, announced April 20 [2013] that the process had been ‘unblocked’ – seemingly by the approval of Pope Francis – shock waves of joy surged throughout Latin America and many parts of the global church, reports Pat Marrin in NCR.

In the intervening years, Romero’s case for sainthood has successfully passed each level of scrutiny to conform his orthodoxy and loyalty to the church. No miracle is required for his canonisation, because he was martyred, something Pope John Paul II affirmed at a millennial jubilee ceremony in Rome 2000 when he personally added Romero’s name to a list of 20th-century martyrs.

In 2010, when anticipation was high ahead of the 30th anniversary of Romero’s death, Escobar explained the stalled beatification as the result of efforts by some to ‘manipulate, politicise or use Romero’s image’, thus obscuring his largely spiritual role. The message was clear: Romero, while publicly proclaimed as a martyr and prophet, had to be free of all controversy for his path to sainthood to advance.”
– This article was published in “Don Bosco’s Madonna” issue September 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.donboscosmadonna.org (external link) or http://www.dbmshrine.org (external link).

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: ECUMENICAL SERVICE TO DEDICATE CROSS

ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO – BLESSING AND DEDICATION OF CROSS INSTALLED IN THE ROMERO SPACE OF ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL, LONDON, UK

• DATE : Thursday 19th September 2013

• TIME : 6pm

• VENUE: St George’s Cathedral,
Lambeth Road, Southwark,
London SE1 7HY

An Ecumenical Service will take place to bless and dedicate a special 4 metre high cross which is in the Romero Space within the Cathedral. Archbishop Peter Smith will lead the Service and Msgr Ricardo, who was Archbishop Romero’s secretary, who is now 88 years old, plans to travel from San Salvador to give the homily.

÷ ALL ARE WELCOME. ÷

Oscar Romero was born in 1917 in El Salvador. He was ordained a priest in 1942 and, after being an auxiliary Bishop, he was appointed as Archbishop of El Salvador in 1977. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture. For this he was assassinated, being shot dead while celebrating Mass on 24th March 1980.

 
 

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