Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador on May 23. A vocal advocate for the poor, Archbishop Romero was shot and killed on March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass in a hospital in San Salvador during the civil war.
Many of CIDSE's members find inspiration in Romero's work with the poor, and several activities will be organized by them on the occasion of his beatification. Below you can find links to the activities and statements by some of our members:
You can find prayers, reflections and a video featuring an interview with Claire Dixon, Head of Latin America at CAFOD (United Kingdom) here, or read more about Archbishop Romero on CAFOD's website here.
Read an article posted by Center of Concern (USA) here.
Click here to read an article by Misereor (Germany)
Trócaire, who funded some of the Archbishops work in El Salvador has published two blogs about the beatification of Archbishop Romero and about his noteworthy life and death calling him "an outspoken champoin for the poor" here, and a hero here.
KMB (a 'member of CIDSE Austrian member KOO) annually awards a "Romero-Preis" to people for their contribution to human rights. KMB will organize an event to celebrate the beatification and the 35th anniversary of the award on the 20th of November this year.
CIDSE's Canadian member Development and Peace have published two blogs following the events for the beautification, you can read coverage of the events here and find out about Archbishop Romero's important place in the hearts of many in their blog about the eve of the beatification here.
In an article welcoming his beatification Entraide et Fraternite presents an archived video of the Archbishop and also provides details of his biography. You can find this article here.