12 Romero Service celebrates 'Peace - the product of Justice and Love'

posted Mar 22, 2018, 6:59 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 6:59 AM ]
More than 100 people cheered the recent news that Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador is to be made a saint at an ecumenical service on March 17, 2018 to commemorate the 38th anniversary of his martyrdom. The service was held at St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, and the cheering was led by Rev. Richard Carter of St Martin in the Fields who presided. Sitting at the front was Julian Filochowski, Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, who has lobbied tirelessly for the canonisation. The congregation included representatives of CAFOD, Pax Christi, Christian Aid, Jesuits, Columbans, Servite Sisters and the National Justice and Peace Network. There were many homeless people who always receive a warm welcome at St Martin's - very necessary with Saturday's blizzard conditions outside.

The theme of the service was 'Peace - the product of Justice and Love'. The speaker was Rubén Zamora, a distinguished Salvadoran diplomat and passionate advocate for peace. His brother, the Attorney General Mario Zamora, was assassinated by a death squad in February 1980, a month before Romero. Zamora has been El Salvador's permanent representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States and to India. He is currently based in El Salvador as an adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Zamora knew Archbishop Romero, and was perfectly placed to examine the social conflict and violence in El Salvador in the light of Romero's approach to endemic violence. His talk received a warm clap at the end.