At the end of one of the bloodiest weekends in the history of El Salvador, which resulted in mass incarcerations and the suspension of personal freedoms in the Central American nation, Salvadoran Catholics gathered March 27 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to honor the country’s saint, who defended life and human rights.
Thousands filled Salvador del Mundo Plaza in San Salvador for the beatification ceremony of Father Rutilio Grande. Among them was retired Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who described the event as “moving.”
Although he was treated for mental illness, Father Rutilio Grande never stopped sharing the Gospel. Some suggest this martyred El Salvadoran priest should be the “patron saint of breaking mental health stigma.”
Blessed Oscar Romero’s martyrdom, “the holy sacrifice of his life,” during his celebration of the “holy sacrifice” of the Mass holds a powerful lesson for Catholics, said Bishop John O. Barres of Rockville Centre.
Leonor Chacon remembers every emotion she felt March 24, 1980, as if it were yesterday.
Though church authorities in El Salvador said they would wait to give details of the miracle that has cleared the way for Blessed Oscar Romero’s canonization, a Salvadoran newspaper published an account of a woman who said her husband’s prayers to Blessed Romero saved her life.
A group of Blessed Oscar Romero devotees in the U.S. is inviting parishes around the country to mark on Aug. 15 what would have been the slain Salvadoran archbishop’s 100th birthday.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church processed through the streets to celebrate the beatification of Salvadoran martyr Archbishop Oscar Romero.
A Mass at SS. Joachim and Anne Church on Memorial Day celebrated the beatification of Archbishop Romero, a martyr who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
By Rhina Guidos SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) – Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering […]