Remembering Oscar Romero’s death
Thirty years ago today Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed while he was celebrating Mass in the Cathedral of San Salvador in Central American country of El Salvador. Archbishop Romero was a figure of great strength and hope in the Church of El Salvador before he was killed–he denounced the violence of the Left and the Right. He is one of those rare figures in the 20th Century church who is liked by those on the Right and the Left (in ecclesiastical terms). The bishops of San Salvador asked the Vatican to speed up Archbishop Romero’s Cause for Beatification. It is now in its 15th year.
Rome Reports website said that the Cause needed to establish that the archbishop was murdered not for political reasons but out of a hatred of his faith.
Archbishop Fernando Saenz Localle, the emeritus bishop of San Salvador said: “As a friend and as someone who knew him personally, I believe that with this cause, it’s important to highlighting these two characteristics: that he was without a doubt true to the doctrine, and that he was also a pious man.”
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In his native El Salvador, the legislative assembly has voted to celebrate El Día de Mgr Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez,(The Day of Mgr Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez) which was suggested by the Romero Foundation , reports Vatican Radio.
Events for today from the Romero Trust page:
* On Romero day itself, Wednesday March 24th there will be a special Mass in Edinburgh Cathedral at 7.30pm at which Cardinal Keith O’Brien will preside.
* In London, Archbishop Vincent Nichols will celebrate and preach at a Romero Mass in Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm on the anniversary evening.
* Additionally Southwark are planning a celebratory mass in St George’s Cathedral at 12.30pm lunchtime.
* There will also be a special mass at 7.00pm in St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. It will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop William Kenney, standing in for Archbishop Bernard Longley who will himself, under CAFOD’s auspices, be marking the anniversary in Romero’s own Cathedral in San Salvador along with Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds.
* East Anglia has organised a whole Romero Week in the diocese and there will be an anniversary Mass on March 24th at 7.30pm in St John’s (Catholic) Cathedral in Norwich celebrated by Bishop Michael Evans.
* Brentwood Cathedral too will have a special Romero anniversary mass at 7.00pm on March 24th followed by a talk on Romero.
* Salford Diocesan Faith and Justice Commission has organised a special Mass at Saint Peter & Paul Church, Pendleton at 7.30pm on the 24th.
* In Portsmouth Diocese there will be a Romero Mass at 7.30pm on March 24th at St James and St William parish in Reading.
* In Nottingham Diocese there will be a Mass at 6.30pm in St. Barnabas Cathedral. This will be followed by the showing of the film “Romero” with discussion and refreshments in the hall.
* In Southampton there will be a memorial Mass at 7.00pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
* In Clifton Diocese there will be Mass at 7.30pm in St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish in Bristol and, also at 7.30pm, in St. George’s Catholic Centre in Taunton.