Today Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Oscar Romero. To mark the occasion, the Archbishop of Canterbury has sent a letter to the Holy Father. This is what it says:
On the occasion of the canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero I send you greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed Oscar Romero is a true example to all Christians, and particularly to our fellow bishops. As a champion of peace and justice he stood up against oppression and was consistently on the side of the poor, the underprivileged and the marginalised. In this he emphasised and demonstrated the love of Christ himself.
Your Holiness, Blessed Oscar is held in great esteem in the Church of England. He is commemorated in our liturgical calendar and his statue appears as one of the martyrs of the twentieth century on the West Front of Westminster Abbey. May his example of courage and commitment be a model for us all.
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