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Friday, April 29, 2011

Óscar Romero at Westminster Abbey

I learned something I didn't know thanks to the royal wedding .... there's a statue of Óscar Romero, along with those of nine other 20th century martyrs, above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey ....

In 1998 ten vacant statue niches at the West Gate were filled with 10 representative 20th Century martyrs: Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia (d.1918), Manche Masemola (d.1928), Maximilian Kolbe (d.1941), Lucian Tapiede (d.1941), Dietrich Bonhoeffer (d.1945), Esther John (d.1960), Martin Luther King (d.1968), Wang Zhiming (d.1973), Janani Luwum (d.1977), and Óscar Romero (d.1980).

- Romero is 6th from the left

Westminster Abbey is an interesting place. Here below is a clip from a BBC documentary on Westminster Abbey, in which the narrator, playwright Alan Bennett, mentions some of the "members of the awkward squad" who are buried there.


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2:48 AM  
Anonymous Betty Clermont said...

Thanks so much for sharing that interesting and important information. Too bad Romero hasn't been etched in stone over St. Peter's.

10:28 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Thanks, Betty,

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.

12:38 PM  

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