Oscar Romero: Another Becket

A statue of St Thomas More and a picture of St Oscar Romero above his stole in Canterbury

Today is the 40th anniversary of Oscar Romero’s assassination.

Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero was shot dead at the altar of a hospital chapel on orders of the state having spoken for the poor and appealed to the army not to kill innocent fellow-citizens.

News of his death was a sensation when reported in London as was Thomas Becket’s in 1170 when reported to the Pope.

Oscar Romero is recognised as a martyr and saint. The similarity to Thomas Becket and St Thomas More is overwhelming.

When the time comes for us to be able to go on pilgrimage it will be possible to visit the national St Oscar Romero shrine at the Roman Catholic St George’s Cathedral in Southwark and, on arriving in Canterbury, go to the St Thomas of Canterbury Church and see relics of St Thomas and St Oscar.

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