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.

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According to the Vatican

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The shirt Archbishop Romero was wearing when he was killed was displayed as a religious relic

“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.”

 

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As the celebration continues and not only the people of El Salvador, but the Catholic Church as a whole looks forward to Oscar Romero becoming a saint. We can also celebrate the paths of other great martyrs whose lives were lost for their faith. Such lives that will be remembered eternally for their beliefs, their stand against opposition. Many of whom died fighting to preserve life through non violence and speaking up for human rights when no one else would.