Miliband ‘moved’ to see St Oscar Romero honoured alongside heads of state in El Salvador
Former British foreign secretary David Miliband revealed he was ‘moved’ to see St Oscar Romero honoured alongside heads of state during a recent visit to El Salvador.
Mr Miliband, who served as the Labour MP for South Shields from 2001 until he resigned from Parliament in 2013, made the trip in his capacity as president of humanitarian aid organisation the International Rescue Committee.
During his time there Mr Miliband tweeted: ‘Interesting and moving to see Oscar Romero, murdered by death squads for his defence of the poor, honoured in public buildings alongside head of state.’
Mr Miliband said it was ‘fascinating’ to spend two days in El Salvador, noting that, while the country has ‘massive challenges’ to overcome, such as the role of gangs, it also has a ‘vibrant and passionate civil society’.
During his time as Archbishop of San Salvador, St Romero became known as the ‘voice of the voiceless’. In his sermons, which were broadcast across the country via his radio station, St Romero spoke out against the military regime. In his last sermon, he called on the National Guard and the police to end the violence, saying: “Brothers, you are killing your fellow countrymen. No soldier has to obey an order to kill. In the name of God and in the name of the suffering people I implore you, I beg, I order you, stop the repression!”
A day later, on 24th March 1980, St Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass.
Pope Francis canonised St Oscar Romero on 14th October 2018.
Picture: St Oscar Romero’s picture alongside heads of state. (David Miliband/Twitter).Tags: David Miliband, El Salvador, Miliband, Oscar Romero, Romero, St Oscar Romero