Pope Francis is said to be strongly in favour of the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980 after he had spoken out against the brutal regime in that country.
The unforgettable words in the movie above: “I cannot love God whom I do not see if I do not love my brothers and sisters whom I can see!”
Two days ago, it was the 33rd anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom, and it is about time that this Latin American icon who paid with his life for speaking out against the repression and oppression of the ordinary people is recognised by the universal church. In fact, Romero’s canonisation is long overdue. He is already widely regarded as the ‘Prophet to the Americas’.
Like Pope Francis, Romero identified the mission of the Church with the poor.
The Tablet has the story.
Romero’s death was not in vain. Today, an entire continent has awoken to address economic injustice, and a Latin American now leads the universal church.