The archbishop of Managua, Leopoldo Brenes, today asked the blessed Salvadoran, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who will be canonized this Sunday in the Vatican, to "intercede" for Nicaragua, which is experiencing a serious socio-political crisis since last April, in which hundreds of people lost their lives
"May (Romero) intercede for all the Central American countries, for their beloved homeland, as is El Salvador, but without a doubt, for us also at this moment, so that we can discover those paths, not of violence, not of confrontation , not from the bullets, but from the dialogue, "Brenes said during his homily.
The archbishop of the Nicaraguan capital led a mass offered at the cathedral in homage to the blessed martyr Romero, hours before he was canonized.
Brenes explained, during the celebration, that the Salvadoran religious "in his preaching from the gospel called to set aside arms, to remove all violence with respect for people".
The religious ceremony, which was presided over by a large image of the Salvadoran religious, was attended by more than a hundred Romero devotees, mostly dressed in T-shirts and photos of the martyr.
Nicaragua has experienced a social and political crisis since April, which has generated several protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega and a balance of between 322 and 512 deaths and more than 300 "political prisoners", according to local and foreign human rights organizations, while that the Executive figure in 199 the deceased.
Brenes, in addition to asking Romero for his intercession for the cessation of the conflict in Nicaragua, thanked Pope Francis for his canonization and the granting of "that grace and that gift," because the Blessed "is a point of reference in our lives, a point of very close reference ".
"He was a humble and simple priest, a man close to the simple and humble," said the cardinal also referring to the figure of Romero, recognized for being a person especially close to the poor and staunch defender of human rights.
The archbishop, who insisted on the "example to follow" that the martyr supposes for the members of the Catholic Church, urged the religious of Latin America to "leave everything, carry the cross and follow him (Romero)".
Pope Francisco will declare this October 14 to Romero, known as "the voice of the voiceless" or "San Romero de América", in the Vatican.
Romero, beatified in May 2015 at a mass, was characterized by constantly denouncing in his homilies the attacks of the security forces against the civilian population and other violations of human rights.
The religious was assassinated on March 24, 1980 by an armed right-wing squadron while he was celebrating mass in the chapel of the Divina Providencia cancer hospital in San Salvador, prior to the outbreak of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992).