CAFOD staff, supporters and partners are preparing to celebrate the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on Saturday 23 May. The beatification this Saturday will provide recognition for one of the great heroes of the 20th Century.
CAFOD Director Chris Bain said: “Archbishop Romero’s words and actions are at the heart of everything that CAFOD does, and we are delighted about his beatification. He was an extremely brave man, who was inspired by his faith to fight not just poverty but injustice, to give a voice to the voiceless.
“He may not be a household name for non-Catholics in the UK, but he was one of one of great heroes of the 20th Century. He deserves to be commemorated alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as a peacemaker who sacrificed his life standing up to injustice. I hope that his beatification will give him the wider recognition he so richly deserves.”
Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 until he was assassinated in 1980. He was initially regarded as a conservative choice, but he became increasingly outspoken about human rights violations in El Salvador – particularly after the murder of his close friend Father Rutilio Grande. After repeatedly condemning poverty and injustice, he was shot dead while celebrating Mass on 24 March 1980. 35 years later, Archbishop Romero will be beatified – or declared ‘Blessed’ – in San Salvador on Saturday 23 May as a prelude to being made a Saint.