The following comes from a Nov. 29 story on the Catholic News Agency website.
Archbishop José Gomez blessed a plaza dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero at a Los Angeles Park Nov. 23, praising the peaceful vision of the murdered Salvadoran archbishop.
“This gathering today is such a beautiful witness to his memory. My friends, this is what Archbishop Romero lived for,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 23 at MacArthur Park in Central Los Angeles.
“To see the rich and poor, the powerful and the humble – to see people of many races and nations – all standing together as one human family. As brothers and sisters, children of God. Living in freedom, justice and in peace.”
Archbishop Romero became head of the archdiocese of San Salvador in 1977 and was a vocal critic of the human rights abuses of the repressive Salvadoran government. He was shot and killed in 1980 while celebrating Mass at a hospital chapel.
No one has been prosecuted for his assassination, but right-wing death squads are suspected.
In Los Angeles on Saturday, Archbishop Gomez said the slain archbishop lived for “the vision of the world as God created it to be.”
“This is the vision he gave his life for,” the Los Angeles archbishop added.
The plaza dedication also unveiled a bronze statue of the Salvadoran archbishop. The statue is six-and-a-half feet tall and 450 pounds in weight. Its creator is Salvadoran artist Joaquin Serrano, the Southern California public radio station KPCC reports….
Mayor Eric Garcetti was among the dignitaries at the ceremony.
Archbishop Gomez encouraged the crowd to work “in Archbishop Romero’s name” for human life, liberty, dignity and immigration reform. He referred to Archbishop Romero as a “martyr” and prayed that God bless the park….
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Update: The following day, Nov. 30, Archbishop Gomez announced a fast for immigration reform.
The following comes from a story on the Catholic News Agency website.
Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and local political leaders have held a 24-hour fast to pray for immigration reform and to remember families who are separated from each other at Thanksgiving.
“Today we are standing up for those who won’t be sharing Thanksgiving dinner with their families and loved ones – those who are suffering because of our broken immigration system,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
He called for a “conversion of hearts” to fix U.S. immigration law.
The archbishop was joined in the Nov. 25-26 fast by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, labor leader Maria Elena Durazo, L.A. Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alan Rothenberg and other religious, civic and business leaders.
They announced the Los Angeles Fast for Families, an effort which joins other national action to support changes in U.S. immigration law as immigration bills have stalled in Congress….