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Centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero Born August 15th 1917

This year it will be 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero,  the 4th Archbishop of San Salvador. He was assassinated on Monday March 24th 1980 as he was celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Divine Providence cancer hospital where he lived. Thirty five years later, he was declared a martyr of the Church, killed out of hatred of the faith, and was beatified on May 23rd 2015.

[1] Special Centenary Mass

On Saturday August 12th Mass will be offered at 12.30pm in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark by Archbishop Peter Smith. The Preacher will be Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Postulator of Romero’s Cause in Rome. This will be followed by a Reception in the Amigo Hall.

[2] National Ecumenical Celebration

On Saturday September 23rd at 3.00pm Westminster Abbey Archbishop’s life and witness will be celebrated during a special Evensong and which Lord Rowan Williams will give the Address. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith will take part, and James MacMillan has composed a Special Romero Anthem which will be premiered at the Service.

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Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite on the Westminster Abbey website, on the Archbishop Romero Trust website.

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