Signis Patron romero

SIGNIS has chosen as its Patron, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero (beatified by Pope Francis in 2015) because of his exemplary dedication and courage in his ceaseless defence of the poor and oppressed. He stands as an example for all communicators, as one who lived the values he professed and was willing to give his life rather than be silent in the face of injustice.

Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, was born on August 15, 1917 at Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador. His father was in charge of the local telegraph office. In 1930, when he was 14 years old, He went to study at junior seminary. After that in 1937, Oscar went to Rome to study and stayed there during World War II. In 1942, Romero was ordained as a priest and returned to El Salvador. Romero was made a bishop on 21 June 1970. In 1974 he protest when the violence is increased in El Salvador as the government and army began killing poor people who stood up for their rights and when the army killed three people in the village of Tres Calles in Romero’s diocese, he comforted the families and wrote to the President to protest about the murders. In 1977 Romero became Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. In between 1977 to 1980 as the violence in El Salvador continued, Romero continued to speak out. Every Sunday his sermon was broadcast by radio. The whole country listened. Romero’s life was often threatened. Romero was a CAFOD partner and when his radio station was bombed, CAFOD rebuilt it. On March 24, 1980 at San Salvador a shot killed Romero as he said Mass. A UN report later found that Major Roberto D’Aubuisson, had ordered Romero’s death. Thousands came to the funeral. The army fired into the crowd. 30 people died and hundreds were injured. Pope Francis announced that Oscar Romero was a martyr, and he was beatified in El Salvador on 23 May 2015. Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to Oscar Romero, meaning he could be canonised. His canonisation took place on 14 October 2018 in Rome. His Feast Day was celebrated on 24 March.