At the end of a solemn Mass held at Westminster Cathedral after Romero’s assassination and funeral in 1980, Cardinal Basil Hume, with great foresight, declared: “It would be wrong of me to anticipate the mind of the Church; but I personally believe that one day Oscar Romero will be recognised as a Saint of the Church.” His words will come true on Sunday 14th October when Pope Francis canonises Oscar Romero, alongside Pope Paul VI and five others, at a ceremony in St Peter’s Square.

Additionally local parish celebrations are encouraged either on the eve of the canonisation or in the weeks that follow. Bishop Peter will make the S.Richard Gwyn celebration on Sunday 21st the Diocesan occasion.