As part of Oscar Romero Week which falls 15-19 March, the Birmingham Diocese will hold the annual CAFOD Romero Mass in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Tuesday 8th March, 1-2pm which everyone is welcome to attend.
Every year in March, there is a week of talks and reflections to celebrate the work and legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
We, at CAFOD, work hard to raise awareness and continue in the tradition of Archbishop Romero’s social justice initiatives and work closely with the Archbishop Romero Trust.
Oscar Romero is a very important figure who spoke out against injustice and reminded us that Christ is found in people living in poverty, and that we cannot ignore the suffering of our brothers and sisters in need.
Elected Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, he spoke out for the victims of the civil war and denounced the violence in his region.
In the 1970s, CAFOD supported Romero’s famous radio broadcasts, which – at a time when the press was heavily censored – were often the only means by which people in El Salvador knew the truth about the atrocities occurring in their country.
When Romero’s radio station was blown up, CAFOD provided funding to rebuild it.
Archbishop Romero was shot dead on 24 March 1980, aged 62, while celebrating Mass. On the day before his assassination, he urged soldiers and police not to follow orders to kill civilians, and stop the repression.
Every day, his contribution to social justice is remembered and reflected in all the work we do.