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Caritas names Oscar Romero as patron saint

A young man paints a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as part of the preparations for the 35th anniversary of Romero's death in San Salvador, El Salvador (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Caritas Internationalis have adopted the former Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, as their patron saint during the last day of their General Assembly.

The archbishop, renowned as a champion for the poor, is due to be beatified on May 23 in San Salvador.

Between May 12 and May 17, over 400 delegates from around the world met in Rome to discuss the theme of “One Human Family, Caring for Creation”.

Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, the newly-elected Caritas Internationalis president said: “Pope Francis gave us inspirational words on seeking to expand our work at the beginning of our General Assembly.

“With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and the UN climate meeting in Paris this year, Caritas will work towards putting the human family and human dignity at the heart of development.”

Reflecting on the plight of persecuted Christians, delegates also urged “governments to build safe havens and humanitarian corridors, rather than fences, walls or programmes of interdiction at sea.”