By Sarah Smith-Pearse, Cafod*
This weekend, I was chatting to a friend called Carol. With great animation, she spoke about a delightful young man from Brazil who had come over during the thick blizzards of January to work as a volunteer in one of CAFOD’s diocesan offices. Rather than being amazed at how he had survived the move from baking hot Rio to freezing cold York, she was much more concerned about something else. “Do you know”, she said to me with some incredulity, “he had never heard of Monseñor Oscar Romero. Can you believe it?”
Perhaps Carol’s surprise was particularly great because very soon, on 24 March, many commemorative events will be held around Britain and across the world to celebrate and honour the memory of this renowned Archbishop. Oscar Romero was assassinated thirty years ago, on 24 March 1980, for opposing a brutal military regime in his country, El Salvador. It is his life and example of Christian sacrifice that marks him out as one of the greatest Christian leaders of the twentieth century.