Oscar Romero: a man of God

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By Monsignor Ricardo Urioste, Archbishop Romero’s Vicar General and close friend

Monsignor Urioste in the church where Romero was murdered Monsignor Urioste in the church where Romero was murdered

One of my first memories of Archbishop Oscar Romero was when I accompanied him to Rome in 1977. I can never sleep on a plane, so when we arrived at around eight o’clock in the morning, I was thinking about sleeping for a while. Then somebody knocked at my door. I opened, and it was Bishop Romero. He said, “Do you want to go for a stroll?” I said, “Yes, we should. Let’s go!”

And so we went directly to St Peter’s Basilica. He entered the basilica, went to the altar of the confession and he knelt down. I knelt down with him. After something like five minutes, I stood up. I saw him in such deep prayer that I said to myself: “I have to follow this man because…

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Corpus Christi College: our sorrow and sympathy

CAFOD staff in Leeds Diocese have expressed their shock and sorrow over the death of teacher Anne Maguire in a stabbing incident at Corpus Christi Catholic College on Monday.

Manager of CAFOD’s Leeds office, Ben Oldham, said:

“We express our deepest sympathies to Anne’s family and everybody affected by this devastating incident – including the staff and students of Corpus Christi College and the wider community.

“The teachers and pupils at Corpus Christi have supported CAFOD for many years, standing in solidarity with some of the world’s poorest people, and raising huge amounts of money to help transform their lives.

“It is tragic and unacceptable that such a popular and dedicated member of that community has lost her life carrying out her teaching vocation. In CAFOD, we know only too well the risks that people all over the world face just for doing their jobs, but no teacher at a school in this country should have to work in fear.

“Anne and her family will remain in the prayers of all CAFOD supporters in the Diocese of Leeds, and we will do everything we can to help Corpus Christi College as it comes to terms with this terrible tragedy.”