24 Mar 2012

Archbishop Oscar Romero - Santo subito!!!

"I have often been threatened with death," Archbishop Oscar Romero told a Guatemalan reporter two weeks before his assassination, 30 years ago on March 24, 1980. "If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. If the threats come to be fulfilled, from this moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality."
Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980)was a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. As the Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's brutal civil war, Romero became the "bishop of the poor" for his work defending the Salvadoran people. After calling for international intervention to protect those being killed by government forces, Romero was assassinated on March 24, 1980.

"How easy it is to denounce structural injustice, institutionalised violence, social sin! And it is true, this sin is everywhere, but where are the roots of this social sin? In the heart of every human being. Present-day society is a sort of anonymous world in which no one is willing to admit guilt, and everyone is responsible. We are all sinners, and we have all contributed to this massive crime and violence in our country. Salvation begins with the human person, with human dignity, with saving every person from sin. And in this Lent this is God’s call: Be converted!"
The Archbishop Romero Trust website including links to all his homilies and talks.

US Catholic Magazine Romero resource page

Blue Eyed Ennis has a reflective post on the anniversary of his death.

Link to homily of Archbishop Nichos homily on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Remembering Archbishop Romero - Resource page from Creighton University

NCR - Romero's resurrection - March 16th 2010
NCR - Romero's message resonates with a new generation of catholics - March 22nd 2012

Film about Romero on Youtube - 1989 film about Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Stars Raul Julia and is directed by John Duigan

Articles from Thinking Faith:
Catholic Herald Articles:
Finally from La Stampa an article discussing Romero's cause for canonisation - Romero: The Lost Cause.

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