(Vatican Radio) August 15th 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed during his country’s military dictatorship.
There are many events planned to mark the anniversary year, both in his native El Salvador but also in countries around the world, where his life and legacy continue to motivate those working for justice and peace today.
In the London diocese of Southwark a Mass will be celebrated at St George’s Cathedral on August 12th, while an ecumenical evensong will be held in Westminster Abbey on September 23rd.
The Archbishop of Southwark Peter Smith will preside at the Mass on Saturday, while Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia will travel from Rome to preach the homily. Archbishop Paglia currently serves as head of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the St John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is also the postulator of the cause for canonisation of Archbishop Romero.
Philippa Hitchen talked to Archbishop Paglia about why the murdered Salvadoran Church leader continues to inspire so many people of all faiths and none.
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Source:: Vatican News