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Thursday, March 30, 2017
London: Mass commemorates martyrdom of Oscar Romero
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¬†"I'm always surprised that many Catholics have never heard of Archbishop Oscar Romero," said Pat Jones, "when his story was so much a part of my own formation". CAFOD's former deputy director urged that his memory be kept alive during her Reflection at Saturday's London Mass commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Archbishop's martyrdom. She suggested that his killing ≠ on 24th March 1980 - revealed structures of sin and is an on-going witness to kingdom values which the Church holds dear. "The martyr contradicts the violence of oppression," she said, suggesting that the Romero's example "should motivate us to respond to the tyrannies of today". Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo Diocese in Zimbabwe and Sister Dorothy Stang, an advocate for the poor in Brazilian Amazonia, were mentioned as twenty-first century Catholics responding to the needs of today's crucified peoples, inspired by Archbishop Romero. Around 100 people attended the service at Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory in Warwick Street, concelebrated by Fr Joe Ryan of Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission and the parish priest, Canon Pat Davies. It was organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust, with Westminster Justice and Peace, Pax Christi, CAFOD and Progressio. A hushed congregation heard a tape of Archbishop Romero's final words before he was shot dead by a death-squad marksman while saying mass in San Salvador. The intercessions, spoken by Julian Filochowski of the Archbishop Romero Trust and Sister Pamela Hussey of Progressio, included prayer for early advancement in the beatification cause of the Archbishop "that his example will continue to inspire a lively commitment to growth in faith and solidarity with the poor". They recalled theologian Fr Jon Sobrino "who must be devastated at this time after the Notification from Rome". Fr Sobrino, who was one of many theological advisers to Archbishop Romero, was recently censured by Rome, on the grounds that his Christology might tend to diminish the divine nature of Christ. Saturday's congregation seemed to agree with Fr Sobrino's Jesuit colleagues who have said that his theology is simply rooted in decades of experience working with the poor and oppressed 'crucified peoples' of Central America. A Romero Memorial Mass was celebrated the same day at the Sacred Heart Church in Edinburgh by Cardinal Keith O'Brien. If you would like to support the work of the Archbishop Romero Trust you can: ≠ make a cash donation (cheques to 'Archbishop Romero Trust') or ≠ become a 'Friend of Romero' (annual subscription £10) Contact: Archbishop Romero Trust, 8 Dean's Mews, London W1G 9EE or romerotrust@btinternet.com Website: www.romerotrust.org
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