Friday, March 24, 2017

A call for a *U.S.* Romero Centennial


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The following is a statement from the Archbishop Romero U.S. Centennial Commission, an independent ‘ad hoc’ working group created to promote the celebration of the Oscar Romero (1917-2017) Centennial in the United States. [PDF version.]
As we mark another anniversary of the March 24, 1980 assassination—and martyrdom—of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero of El Salvador, we are gladdened by news from the Vatican that his canonization may be drawing near.
2017 is also the Oscar Romero Centennial Year because it marks 100 years since his birth on August 15, 1917 and it provides, therefore, great occasion to commemorate the life of this great American saint.  In the words of Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Romero “belongs to the holiness of the American Church—meaning that he belongs to all the Americas.  Blessed Oscar Romero belongs to this mighty wind of holiness that blows on the American continent, the land of love and faithfulness to the good news of the Gospel.”
Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury has called Romero, “A saint for the whole people of God” and a sign of our “ecumenical future.”
Therefore, we call to the whole Church and particularly to the churches in America, to reflect, pray and to honor his legacy in this Romero Centennial Year.
    1. We applaud efforts already underway and salute the 30th Annual, Centennial Edition of the “Romero Days” Conference to be held at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute March 24-28, 2017.  The “Romero Days” conference will provide the academic and intellectual keel for the spiritual reflections that we feel need to follow in the course of the year.
    2. We call upon Catholics and all whose spirituality includes praying for the intercession of saints to pray the Romero Novena (see below), created by the Church in El Salvador to highlight the deep spirituality that underlay Archbishop Romero’s bold and prophetic denunciations.  We propose that the faithful pray the Novena starting on August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration (El Salvador’s patronal feast), running up through August 15, the Romero Centennial.
    3. Finally, we call on the Church to commemorate Archbishop Romero in a special manner on All Saints’ Day 2017 with special remembrances and liturgies to honor his memory and close out the Centennial reflections and celebrations.
Dr. Duane Arnold
The Project
José Artiga
Executive Director
SHARE Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Carlos X. Colorado
Long Beach, CA
Bro. Octavio Duran, OFM
Director of Media and Editor of The Anthonian Magazine
New Jersey
María Hilda de González
ESNE TV/radio “El Sembrador” Ministries
Los Angeles, CA
Fr. Robert Pelton, CSC
Notre Dame University
Yasmín Romero-Latín
Advisory Neighborhood Comm.
Govt. of the Dist. of Columbia
Cinnamon Sarver
Sacred Heart Elementary School
Washington, D.C.
Bob Waldrop
Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House
Oklahoma City
Scott Wright
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Washington, D.C.
I believe faithfully and truly in the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons and one true God, in whom I firmly trust to obtain the perfection of the pain of having offended His Most Holy Majesty, through the merits of My Lord Jesus Christ, those of His Blessed Mother and those of my glorious advocate Blessed Oscar Romero; I entreat the Lord to always preserve in me this living faith, to grant me the forgiveness of my sins, provide for my needs, and for what I ask in this Novena, if it is for His honor and for the good of my soul. If not, may I live obediently in His holy will as it best behooves me. Amen.
Glorious Blessed Oscar Romero, we turn to you, confident of your intercession. We are drawn to you with a special devotion and we know that our supplications will be more pleasing to God our Lord, if you, who are so beloved of Him, present them to Him. Your charity, an admirable reflection of God’s own, compels you to succor all misery, to console all sorrow and to gratify all desires and needs, if it is to be of benefit to our souls. Look, then, upon our miseries and sorrows, our labors and needs, our good desires, and help us to assure ourselves more and more of our eternal salvation with the practice of good works and the imitation of your virtues. And, in particular, we ask you to obtain for us from God the special grace that, by this devout Novena, we confidently hope to receive. Amen.
God the Father of all men and women, who has given us in your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero, a faithful and zealous Pastor, fervent lover of your Church and in her in a special way, the poor and the needy, grant that we may know how to live according to the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the generosity with which your Bishop Oscar Romero responded to God’s call, recognizing the will of God with living faith always and in everything, I entreat you, in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, to grant me to be always faithful to your commands with a readiness and generosity similar to his, so that the faith received at Baptism will continuously grow and mature in my soul. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
O Lord, who always hears the supplications of your saints; today we address you through the Glorious Martyr Oscar Romero to petition with faith and confidence for all the needs of Our Mother Church, that she may ever hold fast in the fulfillment of your will. Also, Lord, we pray for the sick who should invoke in faith the name of your Glorious Martyr Oscar Romero.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the unyielding hope that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero persevered in throughout his life, trusting fully in your paternal providence, I humbly implore you, in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, to grant me never to lose heart before the adversities of life, but rather, animated by the hope of Heaven, to live always confident of your merciful love. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Finish with the final sentence for every day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the burning charity that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero felt toward the poorest of the poor, I beseech you grant me the particular grace of this Novena, and that my heart may be inflamed, more and more every day, by the divine love that burns in you, and in which you long to see all men and women consumed and purified. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that inextinguishable zeal that consumed the soul of your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero in favor of the spiritual and temporal good of his beloved flock, to the point of sacrificing his life for them, I humbly pray that in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, you grant that I be more concerned for my spiritual welfare and the salvation of others. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the love of work that characterized your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero in all his occupations, however ordinary and tedious they might be, I humbly beg you, Lord, that besides the particular grace of this Novena, that you grant me a great spirit of faith, to see in the use of the present moment the most effective means of seeking the glory of God, the salvation of souls and my own sanctification. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By the admirable constancy and strength with which your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero bore, first vicariously through the others and then in his own body, the horrible contempt of his own kind, in addition to the suffering of isolation and impotence to arrest the evil around him, I beg you humbly that in addition to the particular grace of this Novena, you may grant me to accept with my eyes fixed on you, my God, all the sorrows and difficulties of life. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that pious devotion that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero always professed to the Blessed Virgin, I ardently beseech you that besides the particular grace of this Novena, you may grant me to conduct myself, always and in everything, as your loving son, in order to merit one day the joy of being presented by Her before your court, to enjoy your company forever in Heaven. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.
Begin with the preparatory prayer for each day.
By that fervent love that your Martyr Bishop Oscar Romero professed for the Holy Eucharist, as the nourishment of his soul in his Masses and Communions, and as the solace of his spirit in his fervent adorations before the Sacred Tabernacle, I beg you, in addition to the special grace of this Novena, grant met hat may I grow more and more devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and to prepare my heart every day to better receive it as to gain the maximum profit. Amen.
Petition ... Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory. Conclude with the final prayer for each day.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A stirring ode to the Salvadoran martyrs


The Presentation: March 14, 2017, El Paisnal, El Salvador.

#BlessedRomero #Beatification
By the side of the graves of Father Rutilio Grande and his “martyr” companions, Manuel Solorzano and Nelson Lemus, buried beneath the floor of the San Jose Church in El Paisnal, San Salvador Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas presented a monumental new pastoral letter on the persecution of the Salvadoran Church and the martyrs it produced. [Spanish text.]
«Ustedes También Darán Testimonio, Porque Han Estado Conmigo Desde el Principio» (“You will also testify, because you have been with me since the beginning”—C.f., Jn. 15:27), Archbishop Escobar’s second pastoral letter, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Fr. Rutilio Grande, a fact that does not go unnoticed in the archbishop’s text. The Catholic hierarch calls it “grave” that “forty years after the martyrdom of Fr. Rutilio Grande García S.J ., I wish to recognize—as I must out of justice, truth and charity—that we have crossed the threshold of the third millennium in the Salvadoran Archdiocese without having pronounced a word of recognition of all the men and women who were victims of persecution, torture, repression; and in their final consequences, martyrs deaths, following Christ and the incarnation of the Gospel in the country.” [«Ustedes También», 3.]
The prelate attributes this oversight to possible “attempts to return to a certain type of ecclesiology and spirituality contrary to the renewal of the Second Vatican Council” and offers his apology: “I regret that this act of justice and charity toward our martyrs had not been carried out years earlier.” [Ibid.] Later, Archbishop Escobar also apologizes for leaving out the laity in this letter dedicated to the martyrs who died having received some sacred order, including the priesthood and consecrated life. “I confess that we, the pastors of our ecclesiastical Province, have not inquired in depth about these types of martyrs,” writes Escobar. “I apologize for our inaction.” [Op. Cit., 147.] He also promises a future rectification. [Id.]
Specifically, the Letter, over 200 pgs. in length, contains testimonies for twenty-four particular martyrs of the Salvadoran Church, including 17 priests, 4 religious women, 2 bishops and one seminarian:
3. Fr. Alfonso Navarro, diocesan priest;
4. Fr. Rafael Ernesto Barrera Motto, diocesan priest;
5. Fr. Octavio Ortiz, diocesan priest;
6. Fr. Rafael Palacios, diocesan priest;
7. Fr. Alirio Napoleon Macias, diocesan priest;
8. Blessed Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez;
9. Fr. Cosme Spessotto, Franciscan Priest;
10. Jose Ohtmaro Cáceres, diocesan seminarian;
11. Fr. Manuel Antonio Reyes, oratorian priest;
12. Fr. Ernesto Abrego, oratorian priest;
13. Fr. Marcial Serrano, diocesan priest;
14. Sr. Dorothy Lu Kazel O.S.U;
15. Jean Donovan;
16. Sr. Ita Catherine Ford M.M .;
17. Sr. Maura Elizabeth Clarke M.M .;
18. Fr. Ignacio Ellacuria, Jesuit Priest;
19. Fr. Ignacio Martin Baro, Jesuit Priest;
20. Fr. Segundo Montes Mozo, Jesuit Priest;
21. Fr. Amando Lopez Quintana, Jesuit Priest;
22. Fr. Juan Ramon Moreno Pardo, Jesuit Priest;
23. Fr. Joaquín Lopez y Lopez, Jesuit Priest; and
24. Bishop Roberto Joaquin Ramos Umana.
For each of them, «Ustedes También» presents biographical data, a summary of the ecclesial mission of each individual, and the circumstances of their martyrdom. If this had been the only contribution of the letter, «Ustedes También» would already be of much value. Compared, for example, with an Americas Watch report that I have used as a reference for the Salvadoran martyrology, the archbishop’s letter contains all of the cases cataloged by Americas Watch, and others more. In addition to the Salvadoran martyrs, the Archbishop’s letter also pays homage to those of neighboring countries, including Bishop Gerardi and Stanley Rother in Guatemala. [«Ustedes También», 184-189.]
For all the martyrs as a group, Archbishop Escobar affirms once and for all that “they were martyrs, not because they adhered to an ideology, but because they tried to illuminate with faith a reality of pain, suffering, poverty, violence, Injustice, oppression, torture, marginalization and death.” [Ibid., 176.] In the second part of the letter, Archbishop Escobar weaves an entire theology of martyrdom, from the pages of the Old and New Testaments, as well as from the magisterium of the Church. Even more, Escobar also begins to gather an ecclesiology of martyrdom. In some of his most poetic passages, he cites the ancient Christian literature of the Shepherd of Hermas to describe the building of the Church as the construction of a tower with stones so perfectly carved (representing the martyrs) that “the tower appeared as a single block.” [Op. Cit., 11]
Finally, the Archbishop rails against the impunity that prevails in the country, demanding justice for his martyrs. [Id., 156-157.]
In the ninth year of his archbishopric, Archbishop Escobar has clearly found his voice, and it has a prophetic tenor. His first pastoral letter, last year, seemed “Romeroesque”  to us for its attention to urgent social issues from the point of view of the Gospel. In recent days, the archbishop has led a campaign against metal mining, collecting signatures, leading a march to the legislature, and even presenting legislation to abolish the practice. «Ustedes También» is perhaps his most radical move: in the true Romeroesque sense, Archbishop Escobar is radical from his orthodoxy.  He co-opts new developments in the life of the Church and appropriates them to the traditional and institutional fabric of its history.

Una oda conmovedora a los mártires salvadoreños


La presentación, 14 de marzo de 2017, El Paisnal, El Salvador.

#BeatoRomero #Beatificación
A la par de las tumbas del P. Rutilio Grande y sus compañeros “mártires” Manuel Solórzano y Nelson Lemus, sepultados bajo el piso de la Iglesia San José en El Paisnal, el Arzobispo de San Salvador, Mons. José Luis Escobar Alas, presentó una monumental nueva carta pastoral sobre la persecución de la Iglesia Salvadoreña y los mártires que produjo. [Texto integral.]
Titulada «Ustedes También Darán Testimonio, Porque Han Estado Conmigo Desde el Principio» (Cf., Jn 15, 27), la segunda carta pastoral del Arzobispo Escobar coincide con el 40 ° aniversario del martirio del P. Rutilio Grande—hecho que no pasa desapercibido en el texto del arzobispo.  El jerarca católico tilda de “grave” que “a cuarenta años de la muerte martirial del Presbítero Rutilio Grande García S.J.; quiero y tengo que aceptar por justicia, verdad y caridad que atravesamos en la Arquidiócesis salvadoreña, el umbral del tercer milenio sin haber pronunciado una palabra de reconocimiento sobre todas y todos aquellos que fueron víctimas de persecución, tortura, represión; y en sus últimas consecuencias, de muerte martirial en el seguimiento a Cristo y vivencia encarnatoria del Evangelio en el país”. [«Ustedes También», 3.]
El prelado atribuye ese descuido a posibles “intentos de volver a un cierto tipo de eclesiología y espiritualidad contrarias a la renovación del Concilio Vaticano II” y pronuncia su disculpa: “Lamento que no se haya realizado años antes, este acto de justicia y caridad para con nuestros mártires”. [Ibid.]  Más tarde, Mons. Escobar también pide disculpas por dejar afuera a los laicos en esta carta dedicada a los mártires que murieron habiendo recibido algún orden sagrado, incluyendo el sacerdocio y la vida consagrada.  Confieso que, los pastores de nuestra Provincia eclesiástica, no hemos inquirido a profundidad sobre este tipo de mártires”, escribe Escobar.  Pido perdón por nuestra pasividad al respecto”.  [Op. Cit., 147.]  También promete, en el futuro, rectificarlo.  [Id.]
En concreto, la Carta, de más de 200 págs., recoge testimonios de veinticuatro mártires particulares de la Iglesia Salvadoreña, entre ellos 17 sacerdotes, 4 religiosas, 2 obispos y un seminarista:
3. Padre Alfonso Navarro, Sacerdote diocesano;
4. Padre Rafael Ernesto Barrera Motto, Sacerdote diocesano;
5. Padre Octavio Ortiz, Sacerdote diocesano;
6. Padre Rafael Palacios, Sacerdote diocesano;
7. Padre Alirio Napoleón Macías, Sacerdote diocesano;
8. Beato Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez;
9. Padre Cosme Spessotto, Sacerdote Franciscano;
10. José Ohtmaro Cáceres, seminarista diocesano;
11. Padre Manuel Antonio Reyes, sacerdote oratoriano;
12. Padre Ernesto Abrego, sacerdote oratoriano;
13. Padre Marcial Serrano, sacerdote diocesano;
14. Hna. Dorothy Lu Kazel O.S.U;
15. Jean Donovan;
16. Hna. Ita Catherine Ford M.M.;
17. Hna. Maura Elizabeth Clarke M.M.;
18. Padre Ignacio Ellacuría, Sacerdote Jesuita;
19. Padre Ignacio Martín Baró, Sacerdote Jesuita;
20. Padre Segundo Montes Mozo, Sacerdote Jesuita;
21. Padre Amando López Quintana, Sacerdote Jesuita;
22. Padre Juan Ramón Moreno Pardo, Sacerdote Jesuita;
23. Padre Joaquín López y López, Sacerdote Jesuita; y
24. Monseñor Roberto Joaquín Ramos Umaña.
Para cada uno de ellos, «Ustedes También» reúne datos biográficos, un resumen de la misión eclesial de cada individuo, y las circunstancias de su martirio.  Si este hubiera sido el único aporte de la carta, «Ustedes También» ya resultaría una obra valiosa.  Por ejemplo, yo la comparo con un informe de Americas Watch que yo he usado como referente para el martirologio salvadoreño, y esta carta del arzobispo contiene todos los casos catalogados por Americas Watch, y otros más.  Además de los mártires salvadoreños la carta del arzobispo también rinde homenaje a los de países vecinos, incluyendo Mons. Gerardi y Stanley Rother en Guatemala.  Ustedes También», 184-189.]
Para todos los mártires en conjunto, Mons. Escobar afirma de una vez por todas que “fueron mártires, no porque comulgaran con una ideología, sino porque trataron de iluminar con la fe una realidad de dolor, de sufrimiento, de pobreza, de violencia, de injusticia, de opresión, de tortura, de marginación y de muerte”. [Ibid., 176.]  En la segunda parte de la carta, Mons. Escobar teje toda una teología del martirio, desde las páginas del Antiguo y Nuevo Testamento, como también desde el magisterio de la Iglesia.  Más que esto, Escobar también comienza a ensamblar una eclesiología del martirio.  En algunos de sus pasajes más poéticos, cita a la antigua literatura cristiana del Pastor de Hermas para describir la edificación de la Iglesia como la construcción de una torre con piedras tan perfectamente labradas (que representan los mártires) que “la torre semejaba como de un solo bloque”. [Op. Cit., 11.]
Finalmente, monseñor arremete contra la impunidad que impera en el país al exigir justicia por sus mártires.  [Op. Cit., 156-157.]
En el noveno año de su arzobispado, Mons. Escobar evidentemente ha hallado su voz, y esta tiene un timbre profético.  Su primera carta pastoral, del año pasado, nos pareció “romeriana” por su atención a los temas sociales más vigentes desde el punto de vista del evangelio.  En días recientes, el arzobispo ha liderado una campaña en contra de la minería metálica, recogiendo firmas, encabezando una marcha hacia la asamblea legislativa, y hasta presentando legislación para abolir la práctica.  «Ustedes También» es quizá su movida más radical, en el sentido verdaderamente romeriano: Mons. Escobar es radical desde su ortodoxia; co-opta las novedades en la vida de la Iglesia y las apropia al tejido tradicional e institucional de su historia.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Pope Francis will concelebrate commemoration of martyrdom of Archbishop Romero


#BlessedRomero #Beatification

Pope Francis will concelebrate a festive Mass in commemoration of the martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero, accompanied by all the bishops of El Salvador in the Chapel of the Santa Marta House—the residence of the pontiff—on Tuesday, March 21st.

This year marks the centennial of the birth of the Salvadoran martyr, who was beatified in 2015, and the anniversary of his martyrdom this March 24 coincides with the “ad limina” visit of the Salvadoran bishops to the successor of Peter, an occasion that the bishops will use to urge the prompt Canonization of Romero, having reported a miracle through his intercession.  [The latest in the process]

The Apostolic Nuncio in El Salvador—the official representative of the pope in the country—Archbishop Leon Kalenga, announced the news about the concelebration during a mass in El Salvador to mark the fourth anniversary of the election of the Pope, held in the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador and attended by high ranking officials of the Church and the country, including President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, who took advantage of the occasion to announce that he will send a letter to the Pontiff asking that Romero be canonized during the centennial year .

The Holy Father will gladly concelebrate the Eucharist with all our bishops, who will offer it in memory of Blessed Oscar Romero,” said Nuncio Kalenga. The festive concelebration for Romero's martyrdom would be the first to include papal participation, and stands out as an unusual commemoration for a martyr who has not yet been canonized. However, Pope Francis is known for his tendency to break with protocol, for example when he offered a mass for the French priest Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in 2016, and whom the pope called a “martyr” despite not having been yet officially recognized as such by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. On the other hand, it is not unusual for the pope to concelebrate his morning masses in the chapel of his residence with visiting prelates—in fact, this is an everyday occurrence.

The Santa Marta House Chapel.
During his homily, the Nuncio also said that all the information regarding Romero’s miracles is already in the hands of Pope Francis. “We have worked hard in recent months with the Ecclesiastical Tribunal to approve Romero’s miracles,” said the Nuncio. The tribunal, convened by the Salvadoran Church, concluded its work in late February and forwarded its report to the Vatican, in hopes that it would bear fruit in time for the visit to the pope in March. It is unclear whether Archbishop Kalenga meant that information about the miracle has come directly to the pope, personally, or whether he was referring to the normal process in which material is sent to his representatives in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is in charge of investigating and advancing the cause.

We will continue to monitor developments in the process.

Papa Francisco concelebrará conmemoración del martirio de Mons. Romero

#BeatoRomero #Beatificación
El Papa Francisco concelebrará una misa festiva en conmemoración del martirio del Beato Óscar Romero, acompañado de todos los obispos de El Salvador en la Capilla de la Casa Santa Marta—la residencia del pontífice—el martes 21 de marzo.
Este año marca el centenario del natalicio del mártir salvadoreño beatificado en el 2015, y el aniversario de su martirio este 24 de marzo coincide con una visita “ad limina” del episcopado salvadoreño al sucesor de Pedro, ocasión que los obispos aprovecharán para exhortar la pronta canonización de Romero, habiendo reportado un milagro por su intercesión. [Lo último en el proceso]
El Nuncio Apostólico en El Salvador, el representante oficial del papa en el país, el  Arzobispo León Kalenga, dio a conocer el dato sobre la concelebración durante una misa en  El Salvador para celebrar el cuarto aniversario de la elección del papa, celebrada en la Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador y asistida por altos funcionarios de la Iglesia y del país, incluyendo el Presidente de la República, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, quien aprovechó la ocasión para dar a saber que enviará una carta al pontífice pidiendo que Romero sea canonizado durante el año centenario.
El Santo Padre, con mucho gusto va a concelebrar la eucaristía con todos nuestros obispos, que hacen en memoria del Beato Oscar Romero”, dijo el Nuncio Kalenga.  La concelebración festiva por el martirio de Romero sería la primera celebración de Romero con una participación papal, y perfila como una conmemoración inusual para un mártir todavía no canonizado.  Sin embargo, el Papa Francisco destaca por su tendencia de romper esquemas, por ejemplo cuando ofreció una misa por el sacerdote francés Jacques Hamel, asesinado en el 2016, a quien el papa tildó de “mártir” aun antes de ser así reconocido oficialmente por la Congregación para las Causas de los Santos.  Por otro lado, no es inusual que el papa concelebre sus misas matutinas en la capilla de su residencia con prelados visitantes—de hecho, es una ocurrencia cotidiana.
Capilla de la Casa Santa Marta.
Durante su homilía, el Nuncio también dijo que toda la información, sobre los milagros de Romero ya se encuentra en manos del Papa Francisco.  Hemos trabajado mucho, en estos últimos meses con el Tribunal Eclesiástico para aprobar los milagros de Romero”, dijo el nuncio.  El tribunal, convocado por la Iglesia Salvadoreña, concluyo su trabajo a fines de febrero y emitió su informe al vaticano, lleno de esperanzas de que diera fruto a tiempo para la visita al papa en marzo.  No está claro si Mons. Kalenga quiso dar a entender que la información sobre el milagro ha llegado directamente a la persona del papa, o si se refería al proceso normal, en que se le envía a sus representantes en la Congregación para las Causas de los Santos, que se encarga de investigar y avanzar la causa.
Seguimos atentos a los desarrollos en el proceso.

Papa Francesco concelebrerà commemorazione del martirio di Oscar Romero


#BeatoRomero #Beatificazione

Papa Francesco concelebrerà una Messa festiva in commemorazione del martirio del Beato Oscar Romero, accompagnato da tutti i vescovi del Salvador nella Cappella della Casa Santa Marta—residenza del pontefice—su Martedì 21 marzo.

Quest’anno ricorre il centenario della nascita del martire salvadoregno beatificato nel 2015, e l’anniversario del suo martirio questo 24 marzo coincide con la visita “ad limina” dei Vescovi Salvadoregni il successore di Pietro, un’occasione che i vescovi prendono per incoraggiare la pronta canonizzazione di Romero, dopo aver riportato un miracolo per sua intercessione.  [Gli ultimi sviluppi nel processo]

Il Nunzio Apostolico in El Salvador—il rappresentante ufficiale del Papa nel Paese—Mons. Leon Kalenga, ha rivelato i dati sulla concelebrazione durante la messa in El Salvador per celebrare il quarto anniversario dell’elezione del Papa nella Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Salvador davanti la partecipazione di alti funzionari della Chiesa e del paese, tra cui il Presidente della Repubblica, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, chi ha preso l’occasione per far sapere chi ha inviato una lettera al papa chiedendo che Romero venga canonizzato nell’anno del suo centenario .

Il Santo Padre, sarà lieto di concelebrare l’Eucaristia con tutti i nostri vescovi, che lo fanno in memoria del Beato Oscar Romero”, ha detto Nunzio Kalenga. La celebrazione concelebrata dal martirio di Romero sarebbe la prima con un coinvolgimento papale, e si distingue come una commemorazione insolita per un martire non ancora canonizzato. Tuttavia, il Papa Francesco è noto per la sua tendenza a rompere schemi, per esempio quando ha offerto una messa per il sacerdote francese Jacques Hamel, assassinato nel 2016, che il Papa ha descritto come “martire” prima ancora di essere così ufficialmente riconosciuto dal Congregazione per le Cause dei Santi. D’altra parte, non è raro per il Papa concelebrare la messa mattutina nella cappella della sua residenza con i prelati visitatori—di infatti, è all’ordine del giorno farlo.

Cappella della Casa Santa Marta.
Durante l’omelia, il Nunzio ha anche detto che tutte le informazioni sui miracoli di Romero è già nelle mani di Papa Francisco. “Abbiamo lavorato duramente in questi mesi con il Tribunale Ecclesiastico per approvare i miracoli di Romero”, ha detto il nunzio. Il tribunale, organizzato dalla Chiesa salvadoregna, ha completato il suo lavoro alla fine di febbraio e ha emesso la propria relazione al Vaticano, pieno di speranza che porte frutto in tempo per la visita al Papa a marzo. Non è chiaro se mons. Kalenga voleva dire che le informazioni sul miracolo è arrivato direttamente alla persona del papa, o se si riferiva al processo normale, che viene inviato ai loro rappresentanti presso la Congregazione per le Cause dei Santi, che è responsabile per indagare e promuovere la causa.

Rimaniamo attenti agli sviluppi del processo.