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Romero Trust chair says he sees archbishop’s influence on Pope Francis

Blessed Oscar Romero is a “great guiding light” in the pontificate of Pope Francis, said the chairman of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Julian Filochowski said he could perceive the influence of the martyred archbishop of San Salvador in the work of Pope Francis, particularly in his care for the poor.

Blessed Romero’s “theology of the beatitudes,” he said, was echoed particularly in the teachings of the pope in Gaudete et Exsultate, the apostolic exhortation on the universal call to holiness, issued in April.

“So much of Oscar Romero – his courage, his language, his praxis and passion for the poor – are so visible in the words and deeds of Pope Francis, most especially in Gaudete et Exsultate, with its central focus on the beatitudes,” said Filochowski.

“It is not difficult to discern a Romero thread running through that document,” he said during the Tyburn Lecture in Tyburn Convent, London. “When canonisation comes later this year, as it surely will, it seems likely that St Oscar Romero will take his place alongside St Francis of Assisi as a great guiding light of this pontificate.”

Picture: A man carries an image of Blessed Oscar Romero during an 18th March procession in San Salvador, El Salvador, to commemorate the 38th anniversary his murder. Blessed Oscar Romero is a “great guiding light” in the pontificate of Pope Francis, said Julian Filochowski, chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust in London on 1st May. (CNS photo/Jose Cabezas, Reuters).