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Pope sends letter of beatification for Oscar Romero

At the Vatican Pope Francis has started the beatification process for Oscar Romero of El Salvador. The long awaited beatification of Oscar Romero has been initiated. Archbishop Oscar Romero  was shot dead by a sniper as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel on 24 March 1980. It is estimated that over 250,000 people celebrated the next steps in Romero becoming a saint. Oscar Romero was outspoken during the civil war in El Salvador, much like Father Jerzy Popielusko was in Poland. It is believed that his stand against politics may have been the reason he was killed. Archbishop Romero was known for   “I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: Stop the repression.~ O.Romero” Click To Tweet   According to the Vatican “Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, Msgr. José Luis Escobar Alas, on the occasion of the beatification of Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez. In the letter, the Holy Father says that “the voice of the newly Blessed continues to resonate today to remind us that the Church, a convocation of brothers surrounding their Lord, is the family of God, in which there should be no division.” He recalled Archbishop Romero’s words as he wrote of the necessary to renounce “the violence of the sword, of hate” and to live “the violence of love, that left Christ nailed to the Cross, that makes each one of us overcome selfishness and so that there be no more such cruel inequality between us.”   […]


Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Fr. Kolbe Hero of a Death Camp Relics Moved

Father Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who died as prisoner 16770 in Auschwitz, on August 14, 1941. He volunteered to take the place of another inmate. In order to save the other inmate he said I am a Catholic priest from Poland; I would like to take his place, because he has a wife and children.’ The German soldiers took him up on his offer. He consistently waited until the other prisoners received help before asking for any for himself. His destiny for martyrdom began many years before when as a child he remembered after he had gotten in trouble. ‘That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.’  These words would end up being a foreshadowing of his life many years later. Fr. Kolbe led his fellow prisoners in prayer to the Holy Mother Mary until his death. Some have even said the prison camp at time resembled church as the men awaited their fate. He provided a source of light in a brutally dark and cruel place. He spent two weeks in a cell of death, being starved along with nine other prisoners. He was finally given a lethal injection of carbolic acid on 14 August 1941. […]


November 27, 1983

[opening remarks]  Holy Mass for the Fatherland on November 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. We are united in front of Christ’s altar in our monthly Mass for Our Nation and those who suffer for it, who because of their imprisonment cannot pray together with us.  On this day of November we recall all those who gave their lives in the fight for independence of their Motherland, the fight for freedom and social and personal justice.  We remember and include in our prayers those killed on various war fronts those tortured in Hitler’s camps and the Soviet labor camps, those forcefully evacuated, those exiled.  WE remember, and pray for our brothers who were taken from us by the present day Cains: Our Underground and Home Away soldiers, the workers from Wielkopolska and Wybreeze as well as those who fell in the past few years in the strange war between ruling powers and the Nation. [homily] Christ’s death on the cross, in spite of the assumption of those who condemned His, was not a defeat but a Victory.  His blood on the cross became the source of salvation.  It opened to humanity the road to return to God’s Kingdom in heaven.  The Kingdom of truth, love, justice and peace. The duty of building a kingdom based on these very foundations is what Jesus Christ put on everyone who made a pact with Him in the sacrament of baptism. The Polish nation, sworn to Christ and His teachings, for more that […]