About Oscar Romero
2017 is the centenary of the birth of Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop of San Salvador.
Romero loved and defended the poor and denounced human rights violations and the subhuman conditions that so many of his people had to endure. He did so in a framework of the gospel imperative to make the kingdom-values of justice, love, truth and peace present and visible. He was a great preacher who both inhabited the scriptural texts and also inhabited the world of the poor, putting himself alongside the poor.
Oscar Romero worked ecumenically especially with the Baptist and Lutheran communities in El Salvador. He was assassinated only a few hours before Robert Runcie was installed as Archbishop of Canterbury on 25 March 1980. Echoing the death of Thomas Beckett, he became part of the Anglican story too and in 1998 a statue over the Abbey was unveiled during the Lambeth Conference. In 2015 a beautiful stone statue was installed behind the altar in St Albans Cathedral.
Romero is a focus of unity, especially for Anglicans and Catholics. Both Christian Aid and CAFOD counted Romero as a project partner and both financed diocesan social programmes during the period of his episcopacy and through the civil war afterwards.
Oscar Romero was born on 15 August 1917. Many hope that this centenary year will will also be the year of his canonisation...
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