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  This month our page features an extraordinary person, who showed people what God was like, called Oscar Romero.  He was ‘beatified’ (called Blessed) by Pope Francis in 2015 and is due to be ‘canonised’ (called a Saint) in October, 2018.  You might already know a bit about Oscar Romero, as you may have done some work on him in your RE lessons at school.

Archbishop Oscar Romero

  Oscar was an Archbishop in San Salvador and he was born in 1917 in Ciudad Barrios.  Look at the map on this page to locate this place.  He died in 1980.  He was martyred, meaning that he died for his faith.  He was killed while he was celebrating Mass in a church.

  Oscar Romero spoke out about poverty and social injustice in one of the poorest countries in the world.  Because of this he made some enemies, as to some people he was considered a threat.  When he died, there was sadness all over the world, but his legacy (what we remember about a person after they have died) means that he is remembered as someone who spoke about the way the poor are badly treated and reminded us that we must all love each other.

  We can all honour Oscar Romero by making even small changes in our lives so that our world is a kinder and better place.

In the blank outline of a cross, or using the template, design a cross with drawings or cut-out photos for your own school, parish or other community of faith.

Think about the background landscape, colours that reflect your surroundings and which aspects of your community’s life to include.

As you work, bring your community’s joys and sufferings to Jesus on the cross.

The Romero Cross

Romero Crosses come from El Salvador, Latin America.  They have symbols of the lives of the community where the cross was made, with Christ at the centre of it, a sign of his presence at the heart of the community.  Each cross is individually made by hand and is unique.

  Ask people to take a blank outline of a cross and draw Christ at the centre.  Then draw images of those people, situations, communities which are important to them and as they do so to hold them before God in prayer.

  There is a large Romero Cross in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London.  This is the newest sculpture in the Cathedral and was installed in 2013.  The sculptor was Fernando Llort.  If you are visiting London, see if you can visit this Cathedral and see the cross.

El Salvador is in Central America.  Get an atlas, or look online, and see if you can find it on a bigger map.

Talk with a grown up about the location and some of the problems that this country might have.

                 I wonder …

I wonder what was the most important thing about Oscar Romero?

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I wonder why people remember him?

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I wonder how I can be happy not having too much but being better than I am now?

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The information, prayers, pictures and activities on our page are from CAFOD.  Please have a look at the CAFOD website if you want to find out more, www.cafod.org.uk.

CAFOD – Catholic Agency for Overseas Development