Erasmo Valiente is a great strapping guy who rides motorbikes and he visited the Diocese of Salford in March 2013 so there’s a personal link with us. When he spoke about “Monsenor Romero” at St Mary’s Brownedge, he wept out of love and the need for his guidance and voice for the poor so cruelly taken from the people of El Salvador. That said it all for me.
Erasmo Valiente works with our partner Jesuit Development Service in El Salvador giving advice to farmers on how to keep crops healthy. In 2013 he visited Connect2 El Salvador parishes in England and was overwhelmed to discover that so many people in the UK have been inspired by the example of Archbishop Romero. His community in El Salvador is eagerly awaiting the beatification of Oscar Romero on 23 May when buses will take people from nearly every parish in the country to San Salvador and celebrations will be broadcast on television.
In El Salvador we refer to our martyr Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero Galdámez as the voice of the voiceless. We call him this because always his primary concern was to speak out for the most excluded members of society, denouncing social injustice and military repression. …
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