San Salvador (Agenzia Fides) - There is great disappointment among Catholics in El Salvador after the pilgrimage to Ciudad Barrios in San Miguel, the birthplace of St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the first saint of El Salvador, was suspended for the second time in a row because of Covid-19.
This year, August 15th marks the 104th anniversary of his birth and the Bishops' Conference of El Salvador is preparing to celebrate a thanksgiving Eucharist, presided over by Monsignor José Luis Escobar Alas, Archbishop of San Salvador.
Referring to the current socio-political situation in the Central American country, the prelate, in the invitation to commemorate St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero, urged the Salvadorans to "live the values for which the martyr fought ... so that the country can find a way of common good, progress, freedom, justice, truth, charity and live in an authentic democracy".
The prelate also recalled that the entire population asked Saint Romero to intercede for the end of the pandemic, in order to "live free from this disease which has caused so much suffering and grief to so many families". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 13/8/2021)