Newly canonised St Oscar Romero’s feast day is 3rd November.
Archbishop Romero preached peace and support for the poor in war-torn El Salvador in the 1970s. When the US-backed Salvadorean army was using death squads and torture against leftist revolutionaries, he was not afraid to speak out in his weekly sermons.
His last sermon in March 1980, however, cost him his life. He was shot on the altar as he celebrated Mass. He had called on the authorities to stop violence and repression stating: "The law of God which says thou shalt not kill must come before any human order to kill. It is high time you recovered your conscience."
In the months after Oscar Romero's assassination, the violence intensified and more than a decade of civil war followed. The conflict left around 80,000 people dead.
St Oscar Romero was a very brave man who was not afraid to speak truth to power and to stand up for the vulnerable.
Now that he has been raised to the Altars we can pray for his intercession.